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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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 Path of Practice and Realization

 Path of Practice and Realization

(p.193) 6 Path of Practice and Realization
Ordinary Mind as the Way

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This chapter examines the Hongzhou school's conception of a Chan path of practice and realization. Based primarily on Baizhang's record, it focuses on that text's explication of a path of spiritual practice defined in terms of three distinct stages that represent increasingly subtle forms of detachment and deeper insight into the nature of reality. The investigation of the three stages is followed by an analysis of comparable conceptual schemata formulated by the scholastic traditions of medieval Chinese Buddhism. The chapter ends with a note on Baizhang's intimations of the realm of awakening, which he conceptualized as a consummate perfection of detachment and transcendence, and a fulfillment of the Bodhisattva's selfless activity of helping others.

Keywords:   Hongzhou school, Tang Chan, spiritual practice, realization, Baizhang, Buddhism

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