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The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature

Mario Poceski


The book explores the historical growth, makeup, and transformation of Chan (Zen) Buddhist literature in late medieval China. It also surveys the distinctive features and the contents of particular types of texts and analyzes the forces, milieus, and concerns that shaped key processes of textual production. While the main emphasis is on a range of written sources that deal with a celebrated Chan tradition that developed and rose to prominence during the Tang era (618–907), the coverage extends to the Five Dynasties (907–960) and Song (960–1279) periods, when many of the best-known Chan collect ... More

Keywords: Mazu Daoyi, Chan School, Zen, Buddhism, China, Tang dynasty, Chan literature, Chan genres, narrative, hagiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190225742
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mario Poceski, author
Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religions, University of Florida