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Mazu’s Hagiographic Representation in the Hall of Patriarchs Collection (Zu tang ji)

Date: March 20, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm PST
Language: English
Lecturer: Dr. Mario Poceski/University of Florida
AD208, University of the West
1409 N. Walnut Grove Ave., Rosemead, CA 91770
Tel: 626-571-8811 Email: icbs@uwest.edu
Contact: Jacqueline Jingjing Z. (Coordinator)

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March 20, 2013 (Wednesday) Mazu’s Hagiographic Representation in the Hall of Patriarchs Collection (Zu tang ji)

Compiled in 952 in the kingdom of Southern Tang (937–975), Zu tang ji 祖堂集 is an invaluable source of information about the formative history of the Chan school and the gradual evolution of Chan literature. Long lost and forgotten in China, only to be rediscovered during the early part of the twentieth century among the woodblocks of the Buddhist canon stored at Haein Monastery 海印寺 in Korea, the text represents an outline of earlier Chan “history,” written from a regional perspective. Among the text’s prominent features is its inclusion of unique materials not found in other Chan collections.  In this lecture Prof. Poceski will focus materials included in the biographical entry of Mazu Daoyi 馬祖道一 (709–788), the famous leader of the Hongzhou school 洪州宗.  In additional to revealing peculiar aspects of the evolving hagiographic representation of Mazu, especially his unique depiction as a thaumaturge, these stories are also helpful for understanding the changing communal remembrances of the great Chan masters from the Tang era.   

About the Lecturer :

Mario Poceski, an associate professor of Buddhist studies and Chinese religions at the Religion Department, University of Florida, received a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures, with specialization in Buddhist studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles (2000). He has spent extended periods as a visiting researcher at Komazawa University, Japan, Stanford University, and the National University of Singapore, and has received several prestigious fellowships, including a Humboldt Research Fellowship (Germany). Poceski is the author of Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism (Oxford UP 2007) and Introducing Chinese Religions (Routledge 2009). His publications also include two other books and a number of articles and chapters on various aspects of Buddhist studies. His latest book is the Blackwell Companion to East and Inner Asian Buddhism (Blackwell, forthcoming in 2013); he is also working on a new book on Chan literature, provisionally titled “The Records of Mazu Daoyi (709–788) and the Making of Classical Chan Literature.”


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