Hongzhou School of Chan Buddhism in Eighth- through Tenth-Century China, The
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: State University of New York Press
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ABBREVIATIONS AND CONVENTIONS
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The Hongzhou school of Chan Buddhism in eighth–tenth century China, with Mazu Daoyi (709–788) and his successors as its central figures, represents a crucial phase in the evolution of Chinese Chan Buddhism. It inherited and creatively developed the abundant legacy of Sinitic Buddhism and the early Chan movement and exerted great infl uence in later developments of Chan...
1 BIOGRAPHY OF MAZU DAOYI
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Mazu Daoyi (709–788), who was acknowledged as the founding patriarch of the Hongzhou school of Chan Buddhism by his successors, is generally regarded as a key figure in Chan tradition. During his eighty years, Mazu witnessed almost all of the important events of the eighth century. His two..
2 MAZU DAOYI’S DISCIPLES
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Mazu Daoyi was a successful teacher with the largest number of disciples whose names are known in the history of Chinese Chan Buddhism. The ZTJ states that Mazu had more than one thousand followers,1 while the SGSZ records a number of more than eight hundred.2 These numbers must have...
3 EXAMINATION OF THE HONGZHOU SCHOOL LITERATURE
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As mentioned at the beginning of this study, modern scholars have presented three stances toward the Chan literature of the eighth to tenth centuries: first, to accept almost all the discourse records and “transmission of the lamp” histories at face value as historical fact; second, to recognize certain fabrications...
4 CHAN DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE OFTHE HONGZHOU SCHOOL
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As discussed in chapter two, Mazu’s ability and commitment as a Buddhist teacher allowed him to attract the largest number of promising young students of Chan Buddhism during the period. After Mazu passed away, those talented disciples began to strive for the orthodoxy of their lineage and finally made...
5 ROAD TO ORTHODOXY
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In the terminology of traditional Chinese military strategy, the formation of the Hongzhou community in the central-southern region during the early post-rebellion period catered to the three ideal conditions—favorable season (tianshi), geographical advantages (dili), and support of the people (renhe). After...
6 SCHISM OF THE HONGZHOU SCHOOL DURING THE LATE TANG AND FIVE DYNASTIES: DECONSTRUCTING THE TRADITIONAL GENEALOGY OF TWO LINES AND FIVE HOUSES
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Since the Song dynasty, all historians of Chan Buddhism have described a genealogical diagram of two lines and five houses after the sixth patriarch Huineng. This genealogical diagram has not only been passed on within the Chan school for more than a thousand years, but also constituted the basic...
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Publication Year: 2006