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Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism (review)

Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism (review) Mario Poceski. Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. xii + 287 pp. Hardcover $85.00, ISBN 978-0-19-531006-5. If China Review International dealt with short format reviews, the following would suffice: Book: Ordinary Mind as the Way: Four stars, solid! Pros: Articulate, reliable, and innovative scholarship; provides integrated explanation of one of the most important phases in Chinese Chan (Zen) religious history. Cons: Works himself into a box arguing that Hongzhou Chan was conventional; also tends to repeat interpretive agenda and is a bit vague on evaluation of primary sources; understanding of "ordinary mind" as undefiled mind improbable and not well supported by evidence. Advice to Reader: Best when read in conjunction with Jinhua Jia's The Hongzhou School of Chan Buddhism in Eighth- through Tenth-Century China (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006; see review of Jia's book in China Review International, Volume 14, Issue 2.) As the reader can see from this data summary, Mario Poceski's Ordinary Mind as the Way is a commendable piece of scholarship that will constitute one of the foundational works for the understanding of Mazu's Hongzhou school for many years http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism (review)

China Review International , Volume 15 (2) – Aug 5, 2009

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Mario Poceski. Ordinary Mind as the Way: The Hongzhou School and the Growth of Chan Buddhism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. xii + 287 pp. Hardcover $85.00, ISBN 978-0-19-531006-5. If China Review International dealt with short format reviews, the following would suffice: Book: Ordinary Mind as the Way: Four stars, solid! Pros: Articulate, reliable, and innovative scholarship; provides integrated explanation of one of the most important phases in Chinese Chan (Zen) religious history. Cons: Works himself into a box arguing that Hongzhou Chan was conventional; also tends to repeat interpretive agenda and is a bit vague on evaluation of primary sources; understanding of "ordinary mind" as undefiled mind improbable and not well supported by evidence. Advice to Reader: Best when read in conjunction with Jinhua Jia's The Hongzhou School of Chan Buddhism in Eighth- through Tenth-Century China (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006; see review of Jia's book in China Review International, Volume 14, Issue 2.) As the reader can see from this data summary, Mario Poceski's Ordinary Mind as the Way is a commendable piece of scholarship that will constitute one of the foundational works for the understanding of Mazu's Hongzhou school for many years

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 5, 2009

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