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Kuan-Yin The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara

ISBN-10: 023112029X
ISBN-13: 9780231120296
Edition: 2000
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Description: This work examines the dramatic transformation of one of the most important objects of worship in the Buddhist tradition the Indian male bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, or the embodiment of compassion into the female Chinese Kuan-yin.

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Book details

List price: $39.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

This work examines the dramatic transformation of one of the most important objects of worship in the Buddhist tradition the Indian male bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, or the embodiment of compassion into the female Chinese Kuan-yin.

Ch�n-fang Y� is professor and chair of the Department of Religion at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is the author of The Renewal of Buddhism in China: Chu-hung and the Late Ming Synthesis(Columbia) and coeditor of Pilgrims and Sacred Sites in China.

Preface
Maps
Introduction
Scriptural Sources for the Cult of Kuan-yin
Indigenous Chinese Scriptures and the Cult of Kuan-yin
Miracle Tales and the Domestication of Kuan-yin
Divine Monks and the Domestication of Kuan-yin
Indigenous Iconographies and the Domestication of Kuan-yin
The Ritual of Great Compassion Repentance and the Domestication of the Thousand-handed and Thousand-eyed Kuan-yin in the Sung
Princess Miao-shan and the Feminization of Kuan-yin
P'u-t'o Shan: Pilgrimage and the Creation of the Chinese Potalaka
Feminine Forms of Kuan-yin in Late Imperial China
Venerable Mother: Kuan-yin and Sectarian Religions in Late Imperial China
Conclusion
Appendixes
Stele Text of the "Life of the Great Compassionate One"
Chinese Women Pilgrims' Songs Glorifying Kuan-yin
Notes
Bibliography
Index and Glossary

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