Island of Guanyin: Mount Putuo and Its Gazetteers by Marcus BingenheimerIsland of Guanyin: Mount Putuo and Its Gazetteers by Marcus Bingenheimer

Island of Guanyin: Mount Putuo and Its Gazetteers

byMarcus Bingenheimer

Hardcover | April 15, 2016

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Among Chinese religious sites, Mount Putuo, the "Island of Guanyin," stands out as a fascinating embodiment of China's vibrant Buddhist tradition. A small island in the East China Sea, it has been the single most important pilgrimage site for the worship of Guanyin, the beloved Bodhisattva ofCompassion, who is venerated from Sri Lanka to Japan. Attracting thousands of visitors every year, the site has accumulated a multi-layered historical record, as it appears in different lights in poems, biographies, maps, and legends across the centuries. From its foundation in Mahayana Buddhist scriptures to its descriptions in local histories knownas "gazetteers," Mount Putuo's distinctive profile makes it an abiding landmark throughout the checkered history of Chinese Buddhism. This book, the first monograph on Mount Putuo in any language, follows the structure of a gazetteer as it presents important texts about this sacred site, which are here translated for the first time, groups them according to the individual genres found in the gazetteers, and analyzes theirfunction. This brings out the full meaning of the texts against their historical, geographical, and religious contexts, producing a panoramic view of Mount Putuo through the lens of its textual heritage. Revealing the dense fabric of one deep-rooted devotional tradition, the book will be of interestto all students of Asian Buddhism.
Marcus Bingenheimer is Assistant Professor of Religion at Temple University.
Title:Island of Guanyin: Mount Putuo and Its GazetteersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:April 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190456191

ISBN - 13:9780190456191


Table of Contents

List of Maps and FiguresAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. "We Confucians" - Prefaces and Postscripts2. Landscape and Map - Visual Representations of Mount Putuo3. Foundation Legends and Miracle Tales4. Elements of Landscape: Stay, Copy, Move and Vanish5. People, Biographies6. Inscriptions7. The Poetic Landscape of Mount Putuo8. Travelers and PilgrimsIn ConclusionConventions and AbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Marcus Bingenheimer's Island of Guanyin: Mount Putuo and its Gazetteers is a major study of two important subjects in the history of Chinese Buddhism: the Buddhist sacred site of Mount Putuo and the historiographical genre of the temple gazetteer. The book is extremely well-written,theoretically engaged yet free of academic jargon, erudite but always engaging, and addressed both to the specialist in Chinese Buddhism and the educated general-reader without prior knowledge of Mount Putuo or the literary genre of the Chinese gazetteer. It is a profoundly original and importantwork of scholarship that offers significant contributions to multiple fields of intellectual inquiry. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in Buddhist studies, Chinese religion, Chinese history, Chinese literature, book history, or cultural geography." --Max Moerman, Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College