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The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature$
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Mario Poceski

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190225742

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225742.001.0001

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Formation of Chan Genres

Formation of Chan Genres

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The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature

Mario Poceski

Oxford University Press

The chapter explores the formation, characteristics, and diffusion of the main Chan genres that emerged in Tang and Song China. The establishment of distinctive Chan genres, such as the record of sayings and the gong’an (J: kōan; lit. “public cases”) collection, served to codify specific literary formats and popularize narrative styles that, with some modifications, served as normative models for the majority of Chan texts that in due time became included in the Buddhist canon.

Keywords:   Mazu Daoyi, Chan literature, genre, classification, narrative, Buddhist canon, biographies of eminent monks, stele inscriptions

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