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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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Protracted Makings of Texts and Patriarchs

Protracted Makings of Texts and Patriarchs

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(p.133) 6 Protracted Makings of Texts and Patriarchs
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The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature
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Mario Poceski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225742.003.0007

By examining the composite structure and convoluted provenance of the main parts that comprise Mazu’s record of sayings, Mazu yulu, the last chapter links together the gradual evolution of distinctly Chan forms of literary representation, changing conceptions of orthodoxy, and retroactive makeovers of the religious personas of leading Chan monks such as Mazu. It also shows how these interwoven developments shaped the Chan School’s collective identity and influenced its broad historical trajectory during the Tang-Song transition. By extension, the chapter shows how these interwoven developments shaped the Chan School’s communal memory and collective identity and influenced its broad historical trajectory during the Tang-Song transition. In the end, the chapter highlights notable discrepancies and points of rupture, especially when we compare Tang and Song Chan.

Keywords:   Mazu Daoyi, Chan literature, orthodoxy, religious persona, collective identity, biographical sketch, literary representation, sermon, encounter dialogue, paradigm

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