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Zongmi (780–841)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G037-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Zongmi was a Chinese Buddhist Chan (Zen) and Huayan scholar, traditionally reckoned as the fifth ‘patriarch’ both in the Heze line of Southern Chan and in the Huayan scholastic tradition. He is important for his revision of Huayan doctrine, his commentaries to the Yuanjuejing (Scripture of Perfect Enlightenment), his accounts of Chan teachings and his contribution to the theory of the essential unity of the three teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism.

Citing this article:
Gregory, Peter N.. Zongmi (780–841), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G037-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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