Zenways lineage

Male Ancestors

The Zenways Rinzai Zen lineage is part of the Mino Branch of the Inzan Line.

Japanese names come first, then Sanskrit in brackets. Sonja means “venerable master”. Daishi is a posthumous honorific title meaning “great master” or “great teacher.” Zenji is a posthumous title bestowed upon a high-ranking Zen priest/master.

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The Previous Seven Buddhas

BIBASHI BUTSU (Vipashyin Buddha)
SHIKI BUTSU (Shikhin Buddha)
BISHAHU BUTSU (Vishvabhû Buddha)
KURUSON BUTSU (Krakucchanda Buddha)
KUNAGONMUNI BUTSU (Kanakamuni Buddha)
KASHO BUTSU (Kâshyapa Buddha)
SHAKAMUNI BUTSU (Shakyamuni Buddha, ca. 490-410 BCE)

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The Indian Ancestors

1. Makakasho Sonja (Mahâkâshyapa)
2. Anan Sonja (Ananda)
3. Shonawashu Sonja (Shanavâsa)
4. Ubakikuta Sonja (Upagupta)
5. Daitaka Sonja (Dhritaka)
6. Mishaka Sonja (Miccaka)
7. Basumitsu Sonja (Vasumitra)
8. Buddanandai Sonja (Buddhanandi)
9. Fudamitta Sonja (Buddhamitra)
10. Kyo Sonja (Pârshva)
11. Hunayasha Sonja (Punyayashas)
12. Memyo Sonja (Ashvaghosha)
13. Kabimora Sonja (Kapimala)
14. Ryujyu Sonja (Nâgârjuna)
15. Kanadaiba Sonja (Kânadeva)
16. Ragorata Sonja (Râhulata)
17. Sogyanandai Sonja (Sanghânandi)
18. Kayashata Sonja (Gayashâta)
19. Kumorata Sonja (Kumârata)
20. Shayata Sonja (Jayata)
21. Basubanzu Sonja (Vasubandhu)
22. Manura Sonja (Manorhita)
23. Kakurokuna Sonja (Haklenayashas)
24. Shishi Sonja (Simha Bhikshu)
25. Bashashita Sonja (Basiasita)
26. Hunyomitta Sonja (Punyamitra)
27. Hannyatara Sonja (Prajnatara)

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The Chinese Ancestors

28. Bodai Daruma Daishi (Bodhidharma, early 5th cen. CE) – 1st Chinese ancestor
29. Niso Eka Daishi (T’a-tsu Hui-k’o, (487-593) – 2nd Chinese ancestor
30. Sanso Kanchi Zenji (Chien-Chih Seng-ts’an, (? -606) – 3rd Chinese ancestor
31. Doshin Daii Zenji (Ta-i Tao-hsin, 580-651) – 4th Chinese ancestor
32. Gunin Daiman Zenji (Ta-man Hung-jen, 601-674) – Konin (Ch. Hongren). Obai (Ch. Huang mei) is where the monastery was this he was often called Obai)
33. Eno Daikan Zenji (Ta-chien Hui-neng, 638-713) – 6th Chinese ancestor
34. Nangaku Ejyo Zenji (Nan-yueh Huai-jang, 677-744)
35. Baso Doitsu Zenji (Ma-tzu Tao-i, 709-788)
36. Hyakujyo Ekai Zenji (Pai-chang Huai-hai, 720-814)
37. Obaku Kiun Zenji (Huang-po Hsi-hun, ? -850)
38. Rinzai Gigen Zenji (Lin-chi I-hsüan, ? -866) – namesake of our school of Zen
39. Koke Sonsho Zenji (Hsing-hua Ts’ung-chiang, 830-888)
40. Nanin E-gyo Zenji (Nan-yüan Hui-yung, ? -930)
41. Fuketsu Ensho Zenji (Fen-hsueh Yen-chao, 896-973)
42. Shuzan Seinen Zenji (Shou-shan Hsing-nien, 926-993)
43. Funnyo Zensho Zenji (Fen-yang Shan-chao, 947-1024)
44. Sekiso Soen Zenji (Shih-shung Ch’u-yuan, 986-1039)
45. Yogi Hoe Zenji (Yang-ch’i Fang-hui, 992-1049)
46. Hakuun Shutan Zenji (Po-yun Shou-tuan, 1025-1072)
47. Goso Hoen Zenji (Wu-tsu Fa-yen, 1024-1104)
48. Engo Kokugon Zenji (Yuan-wu Ko-ch’in, 1063-1135) – wrote the famous commentary on the Blue Cliff record
49. Kokyu Shoryu Zenji (Hu-ch’iu Shao-lung, 1077-1136)
50. Oan Donge Zenji (Ying-an T’an-hua, 1103-1186)
51. Mittan Kanketsu Zenji (Mi-an Hsien-chieh, 1118-1186)
52. Shogen Sogaku Zenji (Sung-yuan Ch’ung-yo, 1139-1209)
53. Unnan Fugan Zenji (Yu-an P’uyen, 1156-1226)
54. Kido Chigu Zenji (Hsu-t’ang Chih-yu, 1185-1269) – wrote the Kidoroku

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The Japanese Ancestors

55. Nanpo Shomyo Zenji (1235-1309) – posthumously known as Daio Kokushi, travelled to China and brought Zen to Japan
56. Shuho Myocho Zenji (1282-1338) – posthumously known as Daito Kokushi
57. Kanzan Egen Zenji (1277-1360) – three masters together formed Otokan branch and founded lineage of Myōshin-ji
58. Jyuo Soshitsu Zenji (1296-1386)
59. Muin Soin Zenji (1326-1410)
60. Nippo Soshun Zenji (1368-1448)
61. Giten Gensho Zenji (1393-1462)
62. Sekko Soshin Zenji (1408-1486)
63. Toyo Eicho Zenji (1429-1504)
64. Taiga Tankyo Zenji (? -1518)
65. Koho Genkun Zenji (? -1524)
66. Sensho Zuisho Zenji (? -?)
67. Ian Chisatsu Zenji (1514-1587)
68. Tozen Soshin Zenji (1532-1602)
69. Yozan Keiyo Zenji (? -?)
70. Gudo Toshoku Zenji (1579-1661) Kokushi
71. Shido Bunan Zenji (1603-1676)
72. Dokyo Etan Zenji (1642-1721) – otherwise known as Shoju Rojin
73. Hakuin Ekaku Zenji (1685-1768)
74. Gasan Jito Zenji (1727-1797)
75. Inzan Itan Zenji (1751-1814) – Inzan/Takuju split (Takuju uses more capping phrases)
76. Torin Somo Zenji (?–1837)
77. Settan Shohaku Zenji (1801–1873)
78. Tairyu Bun’I Zenji(1828-1880)
79. Daigi Sogon Zenji(1842-1894)
80. Shoin Reiso Zenji (1855-1916)
81. Muin Isei Zenji (1848-1918)
82. Itsugai Sojitsu Zenji (1896–1981)
83. Daishin Genro Zenji (1903-1992)
84. Shinzan Junitsu Zenji (1935-2021)

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The British Ancestors

85. Juran Daizan (1963-), Shinkai ()

Female Ancestors

Less is known about the female ancestors. When their names were recorded, often their dates were not. Here’s a list of the female ancestors we recognise in our lineage.

Mahapajapati
Mitta
Yasodhara
Tissa
Sumana
Upasama
Viskha
Khema
Uppalavanna
Sundari-Nanda
Vaddhesi
Patacara
Uttama
Bhadda-Kundalakesa
Nanduttara
Dantika
Sakula
Siha
Dhammadina
Kisagotami
Vasetthi
Ubbiri
Patacara-Pancasata
Isidasi
Bhadda-Kapilani
Mutta
Capa
Dhamma
Citta
Vimala
Addhakasi
Padumavati
Ambapali
Anopama
Abhirupa-Nanda
Tsung-ch’ih
Jenti
Moshan Lioran
Liu Tiemo
Miaoxin
Shiji
Fo-t’ung Ta-shih
Wen-chao
Chueh-an Tao-jen
Zhidong
Fa-hai
Ming-shih Tao-jen
Fan Hsien-chun
Hui-wen
Miao-tsung
Miao-tao
Tsu-wu
Tao-en
Yung
Mugai Nyodai
Myochi-ni
Ekan Daishi
Kakuzan Shido
Kinto Ekyu
Eshun Yoshihime
Kita no Nandokoro
Soshin-ni
Tenshu Shozan Gen’yo
Ryonen Genso
Tachibana no Someko
Satsu
Eikai Tsunoda