The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature

Paperback | August 27, 2015

byMario Poceski

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The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature explores the growth, makeup, and transformation of Chan (Zen) Buddhist literature in late medieval China. The volume analyzes the earliest extant records about the life, teachings, and legacy of Mazu Daoyi (709-788), the famousleader of the Hongzhou School and one of the principal figures in Chan history. While some of the texts covered are well-known and form a central part of classical Chan (or more broadly Buddhist) literature in China, others have been largely ignored, forgotten, or glossed over until recently.Poceski presents a range of primary materials important for the historical study of Chan Buddhism, some translated for the first time into English or other Western language. He surveys the distinctive features and contents of particular types of texts, and analyzes the forces, milieus, and concernsthat shaped key processes of textual production during this period. Although his main focus is on written sources associated with a celebrated Chan tradition that developed and rose to prominence during the Tang era (618-907), Poceski also explores the Five Dynasties (907-960) and Song (960-1279)periods, when many of the best-known Chan collections were compiled.Exploring the Chan School's creative adaptation of classical literary forms and experimentation with novel narrative styles, The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature traces the creation of several distinctive Chan genres that exerted notable influence on the subsequentdevelopment of Buddhism in China and the rest of East Asia.

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The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature explores the growth, makeup, and transformation of Chan (Zen) Buddhist literature in late medieval China. The volume analyzes the earliest extant records about the life, teachings, and legacy of Mazu Daoyi (709-788), the famousleader of the Hongzhou School and one of the p...

Mario Poceski is an associate professor of Buddhist studies and Chinese religions at the University of Florida. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. His numerous publications include Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism (2007),...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.5 inPublished:August 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsConventionsIntroductionPart I: Study of Chan Literature1. Mazu's Records and the Study of Chan Literature2. Hagiographic Representations of Patriarch Ma3. Further Communal Remembrances4. Formation of Chan Genres5. Four Main Genres6. Protracted Makings of Texts and PatriarchsPart II: Translation and Commentary of Mazu's RecordsText 1: Mazu's Stele InscriptionText 2: Stone Case InscriptionText 3: Biographical Entry in Zu tang jiText 4: Excerpts from Zong jing luText 5: Biographical Entry in Song gao seng zhuanText 6: Biographical Entry in Jingde chuan deng luText 7: Sermon in Jingde chuan deng luAppendix: Additional Sources about MazuGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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"This well-crafted and accessible new book by Mario Poceski makes an outstanding contribution to the field of medieval Chinese Buddhist studies in two ways. In Part I Poceski convincingly explores and explains major hagiographic portrayals of Mazu as iconoclast, thaumaturge, and doctrinalteacher, while also breaking new ground by analyzing Chan literary genres formed as part of a community of memory. Part II presents reliable annotated translations of Mazu's biographical materials, encounter dialogues, and transcribed sermons." --Steven Heine, Professor of Religious Studies and History, Florida International University