Mazu Daoyi

September 24, 2010

Mazu Daoyi, first Chan master to use unconvential forms of teachings, like “illogical” conversations and shouting (by this time, written records of discussion between master and student were already common practice and kept in high consideration), considering the success of such approach, his own disciples sticked to these techniques which then became common in Chan. Mazu was a Ch’an Buddhist master in China during the Tang dynasty. In dharma-succession through Nanyue to the Sixth Patriarch, Mazu Daoyi contributed far-reaching insights and changes in teaching methods regarding the transmission of awareness. His innovations became widely recognized as characteristic features of Ch’an in China and of Zen in Japan.

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