Ordinary Mind As the Way : The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism (Hardcover)

Author: Poceski, Mario

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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). Mario Poceski offers a systematic examination of the Hongzhou School's momentous
growth and rise to preeminence as the bearer of Chan orthodoxy, and analyzes its doctrines against the backdrop of the intellectual and religious milieus of Tang China. Poceski demonstrates that the Hongzhou School represented the first emergence of an empire-wide Chan tradition that had strongholds
throughout China and replaced the various fragmented Schools of early Chan with an inclusive orthodoxy.
Poceski's study is based on the earliest strata of permanent sources, rather than on the later apocryphal "encounter dialogue" stories regularly used to construe widely-accepted but historically unwarranted interpretations about the nature of Chan in the Tang dynasty. He challenges the traditional
and popularly-accepted view of the Hongzhou School as a revolutionary movement that rejected mainstream mores and teachings, charting a new path for Chan's independent growth as a unique Buddhist tradition. This view, he argues, rests on a misreading of key elements of the Hongzhou School's history.
Rather than acting as an unorthodox movement, the Hongzhou School's success was actually based largely on its ability to mediate tensions between traditionalist and iconoclastic tendencies. Going beyond conventional romanticized interpretations that highlight the radical character of the Hongzhou
School, Poceski shows that there was much greater continuity between early and classical Chan-andbetween the Hongzhou School and the rest of Tang Buddhism-than previously thought.

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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
Mfg Part# 9780195319965
SKU 204174362
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0195319966
Release Date 4/7/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0304
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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