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<i>Mazu yulu</i> and the Creation of the Chan Records of Sayings

Mario Poceski

Edited by Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright

in The Zen Canon

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150674
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195150678.003.0003
 Mazu yulu and the Creation of the Chan Records of Sayings

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This chapter analyzes the Mazu yulu, compiled around 1085, which purports to record the life and teachings of the famous Zen monk, Mazu Daoyi (709-788). It examines the structure of the text, its complex internal structure and style, and reflects on the image provided in this text of the “golden age of Zen” in the Tang dynasty. The author places this text in relation to the larger genre of “Records of Sayings” (yulu), using that analysis to begin to rethink the history of Chinese Chan Buddhism.

Keywords: Mazu yulu; Mazu Daoyi; golden age of Zen; Tang dynasty; records of sayings; yulu; Zen genres

Chapter.  12726 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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