I have rcsearched disciples who were guided by Nanyue Huisi (南岳慧思), Tiantai Zhiyi (天台智〓) and various teachers of Tiantai, and those who practised Chan meditation in Mt. Tiantai (天台山) referring to the Tiantai Zhizhe Daishi biezhuan 『智者大師別伝』 and the Guoqing bailu 『国清百録』 as supporting materials.
As a result, it was possible to confirm 41 disciples including not only priests but also laymen by means of searching “changuan 禅観 (sitting in mednation)”, and “chanfa 懺法 (method of repentance)” recorded in the Xu Gaoseng zhuan (『唐高僧伝』).
In this thesis, I have focused on such disciples as Huicui (慧〓), Huicheng (惠成), Huiming (慧命), Zhiyi (智〓), Huiyao (慧耀), Huichao (慧超) and Huisi (慧思), and tried to examine the trends in which Buddhist ascetics led and trained by Nanyue Huisi practised Chan meditation, based on the Xu gaoseng zhuan.
In a concrete form, I have tried to examine what kinds of training methods were practised by disciples belonging to the Huisi group, and in which regions in China they existed, in accordance with philological methods.