Lineage

This is the lineage of the Southwind Sangha, beginning with the historial Buddhas, to India, to China, to Japan, and culminating in the United States.
Bussorai - Matsuoka Lineage of the Southwind Sangha

The Seven Buddhas (TathĀgatha)

Source of Sanskrit and Pali spellings and English meanings for this section:
Indopedia (dead link 30 Oct 2012)

Names in Sanskrit
Names in Pali
Names in Japanese
Meaning in English
Vipaśyīn Buddha
Vipassī Buddha
Bibashi Butsu
Pure Buddha
Śikhīn Buddha
Sikhī Buddha
Shiki Butsu
Buddha of Knowledge
Viśvabhūḥ Buddha
Vessabhū Buddha
Bishafu Butsu
Buddha of Sharp Wisdom
Krakucchandaḥ Buddha
Kakusandha Buddha
Kuruson Butsu
First Buddha of the Present Time
Kanakamuniḥ Buddha
Koṇāgamana Buddha
Kunagonmuni Butsu
Buddha of Golden Wisdom
Kāśyapaḥ Buddha
Kassapa Buddha
Kashō Butsu
Earth Buddha
Śākyamuniś Buddha
Sākyamuni Buddha
Shakamuni Butsu
Buddha of Powerful Wisdom
Ancestors from India
Names
in Sanskrit
Names
in Japanese
Mahākāśyapa
Makakashō
Ānanda
Ananda
Śaṇavāsa
Shōnawashu
Upagupta
Ubakikuta
Dṛtaka
Daitaka
Micchaka
Mishaka
Vasumitra
Bashumitta
Buddhanandi
Butsudanandai
Buddhamitra
Fudamitta
Pārśva
Barishiba
Puṇyayaśas
Funayasha
Aśvaghoṣa
Anabotei
Kapimala
Kabimora
Nāgārjuna
Nagyaharajuna
Kānadeva (Āryadeva)
Kanadaiba
Rāhulata
Ragorata
Sanghanandi
Sōgyanandai
Gayāśata
Kayashata
Kumārata
Kumorata
Jayata
Shayata
Vasubandhu
Bashubanzu
Manorhita
Manura
Haklenayaśas
Kakurokuna
Simha Bhikshu (Āryasimha)
Shishibodai
Basiasita
Bashashita
Punyamitra
Funyomitta
Prajñātāra
Hannyatara
Bodhidharma
Bodaidaruma
Ancestors from China
Names in Pinyin
Names in Wade-Giles
Names in Japanese
Dazu Huike
T’a-tsu Hui-k’o
Taiso Eka
Jianzhi Sengcan
Chien-Chih Seng-ts’an
Kanchi Sōsan
Dayi Daoxin
Ta-i Tao-hsin
Daii Dōshin
Daman Hongren
Ta-man Hung-jen
Daiman Kōnin
Dajian Huineng
Ta-chien Hui-neng
Daikan Enō
Qingyuan Xingsi
Ch’ing-yüan Hsing-ssu
Seigen Gyōshi
Shitou Xiqian
Shih-t’ou Hsi-ch’ien
Sekitō Kisen
Yaoshan Weiyan
Yao-shan Wei-yen
Yakusan Igen
Yunyan Tansheng
Yün-yen T’an-sheng
Ungan Donjō
Dongshan Liangjie
Tung-shan Liang-chieh
Tōzan Ryōkai
Yunju Daoying
Yün-chü Tao-ying
Ungo Dōyō
Tongan Daopi
T’ung-an Tao-p’i
Dōan Dōhi
Tongan Guanzhi
T’ung-an Kuan-chih
Dōan Kanshi
Liangshan Yuanguan
Liang-shan Yüan-kuan
Ryōzan Enkan
Dayang Jingxuan
Ta-yung Ching-hsüan
Taiyō Kyōgen
Touzi Yiqing
T’ou-tzu I-ch’ing
Tōshi Gisei
Furong Daokai
Fu-jung Tao-k’ai
Fuyō Dōkai
Danxia Zichun
Tan-hsia Tzu-ch’un
Tanka Shijun
Changlu Qingliao
Ch’ang-lu Ch’ing-liao
Chōro Seiryō
Tiantong Zongjue
T’ien-t’ung Tsung-chüeh
Tendō Sōkaku
Xuedou Zhijian
Hsüeh-tou Chih-chien
Setchō Chikan
Tiantong Rujing
T’ien-t’ung Ju-ching
Tendō Nyojō
Ancestors from Japan
Eihei Dōgen
Koun Ejō
Tettsū Gikai
Keizan Jōkin
Gasan Jōseki
Tsūgen Jakurei
Sekioku Sinryō
Chikkyo Shoyū
Zaisan Don’ei
Kishi Iban
Daian Shueki
Ishū Chūshin
Shunmei Shitō
Unan Toryū
Ryūshitsu Chikyū
Yōshitsu Zuijaku
Kaiō Genkyo
Ryūun Eishū
Daishitsu Chōyū
Kan’oku Shuntoku
Ryūzan Shūdon
Chikurin Eikai
Chikuō Shōrin
Renbaku Shōhen
Tetsugin Shuyō
Ryōchō Shōtatsu
Tanzan Kyōhō
Chikuyhō Shuzan
Kidō Gikan
Honkō Jissen
Chōgai Kenshū
Shōshū Gendō
Ryōzan Entō
Ittō Kankoku
Gentei Kanryū
Nannō Suiō
Bukkai Sentoyu
Ancestor coming from Japan to the USA
Zengaku Sōyū, also known as Rev Dr Sōyū Matsuoka Rōshi – 88th Ancestor
Our Present Teacher, Abbot of the Atlanta SŌtŌ Zen Center
Zenkai Taiun, also known as Rev Michael Joseph Elliston Rōshi

For more information about the ancestors and lineage of the Sōtō Zen Buddhist tradition, the following are recommended:

  • Kennett, P. T. N. Jiyu. Zen is eternal life, Shasta Abbey Press, 4th edition, 2000. Click here for Shasta Abbey publications. Click here to download a PDF of the book.
  • Keizan. The denkōroku: or the record of the transmission of the light,
    translated by Rev Hubert Nearman, Shasta Abbey Press, 2001. Click here for Shasta Abbey publications. The book is available in five PDFs from Shasta Abbey: here, here, here, here, and here.
  • Keizan. The record of transmitting the light: Zen master Keizan’s denkōroku, translated by Francis Dojun Cook; Wisdom Publications, 2003
  • Keizan. Transmission of light: Zen in the art of enlightenment by Zen master Keizan, translated and introduction by Thomas Cleary, North Point Press, 1990 (an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Reprinted Shambhala Publications, 2002.

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Atlanta Sōtō Zen Center

The Southwind Sangha is an affiliate of the Atlanta Sōtō Zen Center. Abbot of the center is Rev Zenkai Taiun Elliston Rōshi.

 

Logo of the Silent Thunder OrderThe Silent Thunder Order oversees the training of disciples, priests, and teachers in the Matsuoka Rōshi lineage. Elliston Rōshi presides over their training.