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Kuan Yin

Chinese Transformation of Avalokiteshvara
Kuan Yin

Author(s) : Chun-Fang Yu
Publishers Price : 27.00
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ISBN : 023112029X
EAN : 9780231120296
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 688
Size : 234 x 150mm
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Published : 2001
Category : Chinese Buddhism
Category 2 : Mahayana Buddhism: General
A comprehensive study exploring the dramatic transformation of the male Indian bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara into the female Chinese deity Kuan-Yin, one of the most popular in Chinese religion.

In this groundbreaking work, Chun-fang Yu discusses the causes and metamorphosis of the Goddess of Mercy, thoroughly examining Buddhist scriptures, miracle stories, pilgrimages, iconography, and popular and monastic literature, to determine the role these materials played in the evolution of this beloved deity.

"A tour-de-force that will not find any peer for decades to come". Stephen F.Teiser.

"Without a doubt, Kuan Yin will surely become the starting point for all future research on this extraordinary popular Buddhist figure. Yu leaves no stone unturned in her quest to describe Kuan Yin in all her complex glory. The book is sui generis for Buddhist studies." Victor H.Mair.

"A major contribution to our understanding of Kuan Yin (Kannon) in East Asian Buddhism, giving a most lucid account of the concept of the compassionate Bodhisattva and of the religious practices devoted to this goddess of mercy." Wm.Theodore De Bary.
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