By far one of the most important objects of worship in the Buddhist traditions, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is regarded as the embodiment of compassion. He has been widely revered throughout the Buddhist countries of Asia since the early centuries of the Common Era. While he was closely identified with the royalty in South and Southeast Asia, and the Tibetans continue to this day to view the Dalai Lamas as his incarnations, in China he became a she—Kuan-yin, the "Goddess of Mercy"—and has a very different history. The causes and processes of this metamorphosis have perplexed Buddhist scholars for centuries. In this groundbreaking, comprehensive study, Chün-fang Yü discusses this dramatic transformation of the (male) Indian bodhisattva Avalokitesvara into the (female) Chinese Kuan-yin—from a relatively minor figure in the Buddha's retinue to a universal savior and one of the most popular deities in Chinese religion. Focusing on the various media through which the feminine Kuan-yin became constructed and domesticated in China, Yü thoroughly examines Buddhist scriptures, miracle stories, pilgrimages, popular literature, and monastic and local gazetteers—as well as the changing iconography reflected in Kuan-yin's images and artistic representations—to determine the role this material played in this amazing transformation. The book eloquently depicts the domestication of Kuan-yin as a case study of the indigenization of Buddhism in China and illuminates the ways this beloved deity has affected the lives of all Chinese people down the ages.
The Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara
Author: Chün-fang Yü
Publisher: Columbia University Press
The bodhisattva Kuan Yin remains one of the most popular figures in Buddhism, loved and worshiped throughout Asia for over a millennium. She arrived in Hawaii with the first Chinese plantation workers, each of whom would have kept a rice paper print of her over a small altar in his room. In this delightful book, Kathy Phillips and Joseph Singer celebrate Kuan Yins many incarnations in words and images that exhibit humor, poignancy, and the open-endedness of a koan. An introduction examines Kuan Yin and her place in religion, legend, art, changing social prescriptions for gender, and the everyday lives of Hawaiis people.
Author: Kathy J. Phillips
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Author: Ernst Boerschmann
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
When you invoke the name of the bodhisattva Kuan Yin, beloved goddess of compassion, you are calling upon a powerful force to bring you strength, healing, and unconditional love. With Kuan Yin: Accessing the Power of the Divine Feminine, author and devotee Daniela Schenker offers a beautiful and useful resource for connecting to Kuan Yin's energy through art, story, and your own spiritual practice. Ancient scriptures tell the story of how Kuan Yin became a bodhisattva: as she stood at the threshold to Nirvana, she heard the cries of pain and confusion emanating from the world, and she swore to remain in it until all sentient beings had been liberated from suffering. To help you draw inspiration and strength from this deity of loving-kindness, scholar Daniela Schenker has gathered together a treasury of Kuan Yin history, imagery, and spiritual practices that includes: 33 beautiful watercolor images of Kuan Yin's many benevolent manifestations, accompanied by inspirational contemplations, passages from the Lotus Sutra, and tales and legends about Kuan Yin Information about Kuan Yin's evolution, including her origin as the male Avalokiteshvara, her earthly embodiment as the Chinese princess Miao Shan, and her "spiritual sisters" in other traditions Powerful mantras and visualizations to invoke Kuan Yin's guidance and protection Tips to create your own devotional Kuan Yin altar—a sacred place to call upon her blessings Even those who encounter Kuan Yin's image for the very first time can find themselves moved to tears by her boundless grace and compassion. This goddess of mercy and healing has crossed the borders of nations and faiths to touch the hearts of seekers all over the world. Now, let Kuan Yin: Accessing the Power of the Divine Feminine be your companion and guide as you welcome her gifts of liberation, compassion, and healing into your life.
Accessing the Power of the Divine Feminine
Author: Daniela Schenker
Publisher: Sounds True
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Kuan Yin: Flowers For Change is a collection of reflections gathered during one hundred days spent contemplating Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion and mercy.
Author: Beate Sigriddaughter
The Legends of the Eight Immortals
Author: Harry Titterton Morgan,Thomas Cameron Taylor
The Path of the Mystics East and West : the World Mother on Love, Karma, Reincarnation, and the Initiation of the Soul
Author: Elizabeth Clare Prophet
Publisher: Summit University Press
In his long career as a poet, Buddhist teacher, spiritual advisor, and writer, Stephen Levine has changed our understanding of death and dying. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine’s first new book in many years, he turns to the legend of Kuan Yin, the Bbodhistitva venerated by East Asian Buddhists for her compassion. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine shares the tale of Miao Shan, born centuries ago to a cruel king who wanted her to marry a wealthy but uncaring man. This is the story of how Miao Shan refused to follow the path her father had in mind and, instead, became Kuan Yin, the first acknowledged female Buddha who watches over the dying and those who work with them. Levine weaves together story and practice and helps readers discover their own infinite capacity for mercy and compassion under difficult circumstances. This book will have resonance for Kuan Yin's millions of followers.
The Evolution of Compassion
Author: Stephen Levine
Publisher: Weiser Books
Kuan Yin is the most important, best-loved deity in the Chinese world. She is the living expression of compassion and the center of devotion in most Chinese homes and workplaces. Yet she is barely known in the West. The authors of The Kuan Yin Chronicles introduce Kuan Yin to Western readers, and reveal that Kuan Yin is the mystery and power of the divine feminine, who transcends all doctrines, creeds, and traditions. The book is divided into three sections: The origins and evolution of Kuan Yin in early China, Buddhism, Taoism, and shamanism. The myths and stories about Kuan Yin. Fresh translations of 100 Kuan Yin poems, which function as both literature and tools for divination and prophecy. The Kuan Yin Chronicles is for any Western reader who wants to connect with the ancient power of the Goddess in their lives.
The Myths and Prophecies of the Chinese Goddess of Compassion
Author: Martin Palmer,Jay Ramsay,Man-Ho Kwok
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
When Lena Lees prayed to a beautiful statue of the goddess Kuan Yin at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, there ensued a story almost too incredible to believe. A few years later, making an appointment with a hypnotherapist, Lena found herself engaged in an ongoing conversation: channeling the words and spiritual canons of the ancient Asian deity she had earlier prayed to.The story of the manifestation of this book is as fascinating and wondrous as its message. A tapestry of found pieces to the cosmic puzzle coupled with mystifying phenomenon, The Living Word of Kuan Yin journals the astounding spiritual sojourn involving a mother of three and her muse. A meticulous chronicling of how, through hypnosis, Asia's ancient deity, Kuan Yin, spoke through Lena, this work ultimately demonstrates how each of us carries within the twin potentials for rebirth: compassion and free will.Focused upon the power of loving-kindness and the importance of personal beliefs and life choices, Kuan Yin speaks with immediacy and ardor. Insisting that it is upon each of us to understand her kaleidoscopic shape shifting: Kuan Yin offers her wondrous insight and wisdom, spirituality for our times.
Author: Hope Bradford Lees
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
China is an immense land with a history spanning thousands of years, and its needs and problems are perhaps too many for a single deity to watch over. This book begins to explore the veritable army of gods, immortals, and deities to whom the Chinese have turned for help, support, and intervention—not just in the annals of history but also in the bustling modern world. From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao offers fascinating insight into the complex interweaving of China’s main religions and folklore and the way the gods themselves have evolved to meet changing challenges, finding their way from scriptures and statues to vouchers and video games. Author Xueting Christine Ni recounts the stories of 60 Chinese gods and goddesses, selected from across the spectrum of China’s mythical beings, deified heroes, gods, goddesses, and immortals. They derive from Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and folklore, as well as revered sages and protective deities from other traditions. Get to know Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy; Zhong Ku, the demon slayer; Tian Hou, the goddess of the sea; the beloved Monkey King, and a host of other Chinese deities, both ancient and modern. In addition to exploring the origins and rituals of this eclectic pantheon, this book also looks at how, in a country that has undergone a myriad of changes and upheavals, its gods and goddesses have never been more than a whisper away.
The Essential Guide to Chinese Deities
Author: Xueting Christine Ni
Publisher: Weiser Books
Often appearing in repose and with a gracious air, Kuan Yin is a deeply worshipped female deity in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism. This bodhisattva answers prayers, petitions, and pleas for help far and wide. This box becomes your personal altar, including a figurine of the "Bodhisattva of Compassion" and a beautifully illustrated book revealing her fascinating history, the miracles she has performed, and instructions on how to seek her guidance.
Divine Giver of Compassion
Author: Manuela Dunn Mascetti
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Category: Buddhist goddesses
This book contains instruction in Calm Abiding Meditation, Eco-Buddhist prayers for the environment, seventeen original full-color depictions of The Kuan Yin, a glossary, a bibliography, and a brief commentary by the author. This beautifully illustrated book is hand-constructed in the traditional fukuro toji, or "bound-pocket book" style of the Japanese Edo period. Using guided imagery, Journey of the Heart leads you through a series of four distinct journeys within the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Within each Journey are four guided meditations. If you choose to take a single journey each week, as the author suggests, you will complete the entire series in a lunar month. Within the heart of each meditation, you will encounter a unique manifestation of The Bodhisattva Kuan Yin who issues a simple invitation: "Come listen with me to the heart songs of the Earth." This lovely book is very helpful to anyone who wishes to explore the practice of meditation through the use of fantasy and guided imagery.
Meditations with Kuan Yin
Author: Roger Irwin
Kuan Yin, the Compassionate One or literally 'the one who sees and hears the cries of the world' is the principal goddess in the eastern firmament. She is centuries older than the Christian Virgin Mary, but not unconnected with her in that in most illustrations she holds a rosary, suggesting purification of the cycle of birth and death, and a willow branch, a symbol of Buddhist virtues. Kuan Yin's image can be found wherever there are Chinese or Japanese speaking people in the world - in homes, restaurants, workplaces, small urban temples, Buddhist, Taoist and Shinto shrines - and the ritual of consulting her has brought solace, hope and insight to countless people. It continues to be an integral part of the lives of tens of millions of people throughout the East today. Stephen Karcher's interpretation of this ancient text presents 'The 100 Poems of the Goddess', to be as relevant today as they were 1000 years ago, leading the reader to answers to specific questions about family, professional success, travel, health and love.
The Voice of the Goddess of Compassion
Author: Stephen Karcher
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Illustrations: Numerous B/w Illustrations Description: The Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara is a study of the many origins that may have played a part in arriving at this number of heads, based on forms and powers male and female forms, origins based on name, in scriptural evidence and images, as well as Hindu deities, and finally origin seen in Rock-cut litanies in caves of India. Manifold as the sources are, they led to consideration of this Bodhisattva as the highest form of compassion in the widest sense of the word, the savior for humanity of eight to ten dreads, which assail and defeat humankind, especially for exposed travelers, be they pilgrims going to visit and pray at Buddhist shrines, or monks seeking new temples or to find new masters to teach them. This essay weaves together a panorama in South Asia, moving up to Central Asia and Chinese cultures who contributed their own examples from caves in China (Tun Huang) that also held depositories of paintings brought back to modern cultures for study in Paris and London, long scrolls such as the Yunan Tali Kingdom's treasure from the late Sung period, all told tales of Buddhist iconography and styles that most often harked back to earlier Indian models. Korea found influence from China and Japan had the Eleven Headed in Metal and also of lacquer and wood in splendid examples from seventh and eight centuries on. Still, most astounding is a theory weaving the thread back to the Indian cave litanies, showing how the Bodhisattva as savior caused in practice of art to furnish the model for how the ten scenes of dreads plus the great Avalokitesvara's own face led to an eleven-headed giants seen in Indian Gupta styles.
Chenresigs, Kuan-yin Or Kannon Bodhisattva : Its Origin and Iconography
Author: Tove E. Neville
Category: Literary Collections
A simplified retelling of a Chinese folk tale about a young fifth wife who is befriended by the goddess of mercy, Kuan Yin. Easy-to-read text and full page colour illustrations at every opening make this suitable for readers of 8 - 10.
Author: Kath Lock
Publisher: Era Publications
Category: Avalokiteśvara (Buddhist deity)
Explores the origin of the mystical goddess of compassion, describes meditation and visualization techniques associated with her, and explains the liberating energy of compassion.
The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin
Author: John Blofeld
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Blessings, Guidance & Enlightenment from the Divine Feminine
Author: Alana Fairchild
Category: Fortune-telling by cards