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Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism

Mario Poceski


Under the leadership of Mazu Daoyi (709-788) and his numerous disciples, the Hongzhou School emerged as the dominant tradition of Chan (Zen) Buddhism in China during the middle part of the Tang dynasty (618-907). This book offers an examination of the Hongzhou School's momentous growth and rise to pre-eminence as the bearer of Chan orthodoxy, and analyzes its doctrines against the backdrop of the intellectual and religious milieus of Tang China. It demonstrates that the Hongzhou School represented the first emergence of an empire-wide Chan tradition that had strongholds throughout China and re ... More

Keywords: Mazu Daoyi, Hongzhou School, Chan Buddhism, Tang dynasty, Chan orthodoxy, Tang China, tradition, iconoclastic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195319965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mario Poceski, author
University of Florida
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