Nanyue Huairang

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Nányuè Huáiràng
Religion Ch'an
Nationality Chinese
Born 677
Jinzhou, China
Died 744
Senior posting
Title Ch'an master
Successor Mazu Daoyi
Religious career
Teacher Dajian Huineng

Nányuè Huáiràng (南嶽懐譲, Japanese: Nangaku Ejõ) (677–744)[1] was the foremost student of Dajian Huineng,[1] the 6th Patriarch of Ch'an (Zen) and teacher of one of his Dharma heirs, Mazu Daoyi.[1] The ancestor of two of the Five Houses of Ch'an, Huairang studied with a Vinaya master and became ordained. Dissatisfied with his own progress, Huairang found Dajian Huineng in Shaozhou and became his disciple. One can read of their first meeting in the Wudeng Huiyuan. Huairang gave Dharma transmission to six individuals, the most prominent being Mazu Daoyi.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Ferguson, Andrew (2011). Zen's Chinese Heritage: The Masters and Their Teachings. Wisdom Publications. p. 53. ISBN 978-0861716173. 
  2. ^ Faure, Bernard (1991). The Rhetoric of Immediacy: A Cultural Critique of Chan/Zen Buddhism. Princeton University Press. p. 12. ISBN 0-691-02963-6. 
Buddhist titles
Preceded by
Dajian Huineng
Rinzai Zen patriarch Succeeded by
Mazu Daoyi