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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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 Regional Spread of the Hongzhou School

 Regional Spread of the Hongzhou School

(p.45) 2 Regional Spread of the Hongzhou School
Ordinary Mind as the Way

Mario Poceski (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Mazu's immediate disciples and surveys the regional growth of the Hongzhou school during the late 8th and early 9th centuries. The discussion is organized according to regional boundaries, encompassing four main geographical areas: Jiangxi and the rest of southern China, central China or the middle Yangtze area, the lower Yangtze area, and the North. Xitang (735-817) and Baizhang receive individual treatment as Mazu's leading disciples. The spread of the Hongzhou school into the two Tang capitals is also considered. The activities of Mazu's disciples in Chang'an and Luoyang form an important chapter in the Hongzhou school's history. By overlooking these monks and their activities, traditional and modern historians misconstrued the pattern of the Hongzhou school's growth and its place in Tang Buddhism.

Keywords:   Mazu Daoyi, Hongzhou school, Tang Buddhism, China, disciples

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