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Ordinary Mind as the WayThe Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism$
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Mario Poceski

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195319965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319965.001.0001

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 The Life and Times of Mazu Daoyi

 The Life and Times of Mazu Daoyi

(p.21) 1 The Life and Times of Mazu Daoyi
Ordinary Mind as the Way

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This chapter covers Mazu Daoyi's monastic career, starting with his initial engagement with Buddhism as a young man and his monastic ordination in his native Sichuan. His early travels and studies, his establishment of monastic communities in Fujian and Jiangxi, his gradual rise to fame, and eventually his death in Hongzhou as a revered religious leader with large monastic and lay followings are described. The exploration of Mazu's monastic life situates his activities within the context of the local communities where he lived and his interactions with other monastic and lay individuals.

Keywords:   Mazu Doayi, Buddhism, monastic life, training

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