Kashmir, Tamilnadu, Panini, Abhinavagupta, etc.

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Sat Feb 20 14:36:49 UTC 1999

Why is there a FOUR HUNDRED year difference in the dates of P'u-t'o
becoming famous between Prof. Chun-fang Yu and the buddhist Ba1 Zhou4?

Religionwallahs push back the dates usually.

May be Petr Mares can explain.


---"N. Ganesan" <naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 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.
> Regards
> N. Ganesan

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