Kośa school

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The Kośa school (C. Zhushe zong [alt. Chu-she zong];[1][2] J. Kusha shū[3]) is a scholastic lineage of East Asian Buddhism based on the study of the Abhidharma-kosa. This lineage was introduced to China by Paramārtha and Xuanzang.

Peter Harvey states:

Paramārtha (499–569) also introduced the Zhushe (Chu-she), a form of the Sarvāstivāda based on the study of the Abhidharma-kośa. It was then organized by Xuanzang.[1]

One Teacher, Many Traditions states:

While this school was popular during "the golden age of Buddhism" during the Tang dynasty (681-907), it is small now.[4]

Rupert Gethin described this school as being ancillary to the Faxiang (Yogacara) school.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Harvey 2013, The schools of Chinese Buddhism.
  2. Skilton 1997, Indian schools in China.
  3. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Vasubandhu.
  4. Dalai Lama & Thubten Chodron 2014, s.v. Buddhism in China.
  5. Gethin 1998, s.v. The schools of East Asian Buddhism.