P'u Hua

(d. 860)

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(d. 860).

A monk in the line of Ma-tsu Tao-i (709–88) who is mentioned in the biography of Lin-chi I-hsüan (d. 866) as one who helped the latter establish himself when he had just arrived at the Lin-chi Temple. He is remembered for his highly eccentric behaviour and lack of any fixed abode. The Fuke school, founded in Japan by Shinchi Kakushin (1207–98), claimed to derive from P'u Hua (‘Fuke’ being the Japanese pronunciation of his name), and its adherents imitated the Chinese monk's peripatetic lifestyle, but any actual connection to P'u Hua is doubtful.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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