Publications by M. Poceski (other than books)

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Journal Articles

“Bo Juyi’s Memorial Inscription for Chan Teacher Weikuan.” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies (2018): 39–74.

“Evolving Relationship between the Buddhist Monastic Order and the Imperial States of Medieval China.” Medieval Worlds 6 (2017): 40–60.

“Buddha and Confucius as Humanists” (Hümanist Olarak Buda ve Konfüçyüs) Sabah Ülkesi 46 (2016; in Turkish translation): 42–45.

“Conceptions and Attitudes towards Contemplative Practice within the Early Traditions of Chan Buddhism.” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies 28 (2015): 67–116.

“Lay Models of Engagement with Chan Teachings and Practices among the Literati in Mid-Tang China.” Journal of Chinese Religions 35 (2007): 63–97.

“The Expanding Presence of Buddhist Studies on the Internet.” Religious Studies Review 32/4 (2006): 223–26.

“Xuefeng’s Code and the Chan School’s Participation in the Development of Monastic Regulations.” Asia Major, Third Series 16/2 (2003): 33–56.

“Mazu Daoyi (709–788) and Chan in Sichuan.” Komazawa daigaku zen kenkyūjo nenpō 12 (2001): 1–26.

Book Chapters

“Buddhism, Academia, In-between, and Beyond.” Charles S. Prebish, ed. Generations of Buddhist Studies. H-Buddhism, 2018 (in press).

“Killing Cats and Other Imaginary Happenings: Milieus and Features of Chan Exegesis.” Mario Poceski, ed. Communities of Memory and Interpretation: Reimagining and Reinventing the Past in East Asian Buddhism. Hamburg: Numata Center for Buddhist Studies (University of Hamburg), 2017: 111–44.

“The Creation of Monastic Codes and the Adaptation of Buddhist Monasticism in Medieval China.” Jinhua Chen, et al, eds. Discipline: Vinaya texts and practices across Asia. Hamburg: University of Hamburg Center for Buddhist Studies, 2017: 163–96.

“Contemporary Chinese Buddhist Traditions.” Michael Jerryson, ed. Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016: 79–99.

“Buddhism in Chinese History.” Mario Poceski, ed. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to East and Inner Asian Buddhism. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014: 40–62.

“Chinese Buddhism.” Randall Nadeau, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012: 197–218.

“Monastic Innovator, Iconoclast, and Teacher of Doctrine: The Varied Images of Chan Master Baizhang.” Steven Heine and Dale Wright, eds. Zen Masters. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010: 3–32.

“Buddhism: The Beginnings.” Jacob Neusner, ed. Introduction to World Religions: Communities and Cultures. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010: 181–96.

“Chan Rituals of Abbots’ Ascending the Dharma Hall to Preach.” Steven Heine and Dale Wright, eds. Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Theory in Practice. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008: 83–111, 299–304.

“Guishan jingce (Guishan’s Admonitions) and the Ethical Foundations of Chan Practice.” Steven Heine and Dale Wright, eds. Zen Classics: Formative Texts in Zen Buddhism. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006: 15–42.

“Mazu yulu and the Creation of the Chan Records of Sayings.” Steven Heine and Dale Wright, eds. The Zen Canon: Understanding the Classic Texts. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2004: 53–79. Also published in a Chinese translation: “马祖语录以及禅语录的创作,” Shen Haiyan 沈海燕, trans., History of Chinese Philosophy (中国哲学史) 2 (2010): 24–37.

Encyclopedia Articles

“Mazu Daoyi.” Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Leiden: Brill, 2017 (in press).

“Guandi (God of War),” “Shennong,” “Huangdi (Yellow Emperor),” and “Fuxi” (four articles on Chinese deities). Michael Dillon, ed. Encyclopedia of Chinese History. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

“Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation.” Co-authored with Jonathan H. X. Lee. Wade Clark Roof and Mark Juergensmeyer, eds. Encyclopedia of Global Religion. London and Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2011: 162–63.

“Buddhahood of Grasses and Trees,” “Buddhism and Vegetarianism,” “Indra’s Net,” and “Creatures’ Release in Chinese Buddhism” (four articles on Buddhism and ecology). Bron Taylor, ed. The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. London and New York: Continuum International Publishing, 2005: 231–32, 438–39, 847–48, 1691–93.

“Dushun,” “Jizang,” and “Vairocana” (three articles on Buddhist biographies). Phyllis Jestice, ed. Holy People of the World: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004: 244, 431, 881–82.

“Chengguan,” “China,” “Daoyi (Mazu),” “Huayan School,” and “Huayan jing” (five articles on Chinese Buddhism). Robert Buswell, ed. Encyclopedia of Buddhism. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2003: 139–45, 202–03, 340–47.

Reference Guides

“Chinese Buddhist Philosophy.” Richard Payne, ed. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010 (

Book Reviews

Review of Benjamin Brose, Patrons and Patriarchs: Regional Rulers and Chan Monks during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (University of Hawai’i Press, 2015). Monumenta Serica 65/1 (2017): 235–39.

Review of Natasha Heller, Illusory Abiding: The Cultural Construction of the Chan Monk Zhongfeng Mingben. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2014. Studies in Chinese Religions 2/1 (2016): 83–86.

Review of Joachim Gentz, Understanding Chinese Religions (Edinburgh and London: Dunedin Academic Press, 2013). Journal of Chinese Religions 42/2 (2014): 221–25.

Review of Albert Welter, Yongming Yanshou’s Conception of Chan in the Zongjing Lu: A Special Transmission with the Scriptures (Oxford University Press, 2011). Journal of Chinese Religions 40 (2012): 151-154.

Review of John Lagerwey, China: A Religious State (Hong Kong University Press, 2010). Numen 58/1 (2011): 142–46.

Review of Albert Welter, The Linji Lu and the Creation of Chan Orthodoxy: The Development of Chan’s Records of Sayings Literature (Oxford University Press, 2008). Philosophy East and West 61/2 (2011): 395–99.

Review of Wendi Adamek, The Mystique of Transmission: On an Early Chan History and Its Contexts (Columbia University Press, 2007). Journal of Chinese Religions 37 (2009): 93–95.

Review of Stephen Addiss, ed., Zen Sourcebook: Traditional Documents from China, Korea, and Japan (Hackett Publishing, 2008). Journal of the American Oriental Society 129/2 (2009): 367–70.

Review of James H. Hargett, Stairway to Heaven:  A Journey to the Summit of Mount Emei (SUNY Press 2006). China Review International 15/1 (2008): 101–05.

Review of William M. Bodiford, ed., Going Forth: Visions of the Buddhist Vinaya, (University of Hawai’i Press, 2005). Philosophy East and West 57/3 (2007): 392–396.

Review of Yifa, The Origins of Buddhist Monastic Codes in China: An Annotated Translation and Study of the Chanyuan Qinggui (University of Hawai’i Press, 2002). Philosophy East and West 56/3 (2006): 499–502.

Review of John R. McRae, Seeing Through Zen: Encounter, Genealogy, and Transformation in Chinese Chan Buddhism (University of California Press, 2003). China Review International 11/2 (2005): 218–22.