Kashmir, Tamilnadu, Panini, Abhinavagupta, etc.

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 20 14:28:10 UTC 1999

Petr Mares <erpet at COMP.CZ> wrote:
a recent (1987) article of a foremost
Chinese Buddhist scholar prof. Ba1 Zhou4. For many years he is
certainly one of the most knowledgable Chinese expert on Buddhism in
Tang Dynasty. [...]

Abstract of the article called "Guan Yin and Asian Buddhism":

 In addition, during the sixth century the famous
Mount P'u-t'o shan (Potala) in China became a famous spot of
pilgrimage associated with Kuan yin.

 Thanks for providing the Buddhist's abstract.

 But is it established that Mount P'u-t'o shan was popular
 in SIXTH centry??

 My readings show it is later: 9th-10th century AD.
 Can you please check?

 Chun-fang Yu, P'u-t'o shan: Pilgrimage and the creation of
the Chinese Potalaka
in Pilgrims and Sacred sites in China, 1992, U. Calif. press

> From that article: the expression san-la tao-ch'ang or
ssu-la ming-shan mentioning Mt. Wu-tai, Mt. Omei,
Mt. Pu-to and Mt. Chiu-hua together are quite late. (after 1300 AD,
these expressions come into use.)

p. 191
"The emergence of P'u-t'o as a national and international
pilgrimage center for the worship of Kuan-yin was a late and
slow one, beginning in the tenth century, picking up momentum
in the sixteenth, and reaching a peak only after the eighteenth.
By contrast, the other"famous mountains" particularly Wu-t'ai
and Omei were already well known during the T'ang (618-907), the
same time when the cult of Kuan-yin also became popular."

It appears many places were there for Kuan yin cult.
P'u-t'o as Chinese Mt. Potalaka is significant only from
and after 10th century AD.

N. Ganesan

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