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伴 鐵牛 (祖印)
Ban Tetsugyu (Soin)
(1910-1996)

 

 

 

 

 

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Ban Roshi was born in Hanamaki City (Iwate prefecture) June 4, 1910. He was ordained as a Soto Zen monk by 淵沢智明 Fuchizawa Chimyo Roshi July 9, 1917, and received Dharma transmission from him. From 1931 till 1938, he practiced in Hosshinji temple. He became a student of Komazawa University in 1938 and graduated in 1941. After war he became a "tanto" of Hosshinji in 1947, and also a "tanto" of Hoonji (Iwate prefecture) in 1948, and became a master of Toshoji. He received Dharma-success (Inka) from Harada Roshi. He established two temples in Japan, Kannonji (Iwate) and Tetsugyuji (Oita). He retired Toshoji May 10, 1992 and died January 21, 1996. He was 87 years old.

 

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Tetsugyu Ban Bantetsugu (June 4, 1910 - January 21, 1996) was a Zen priest of both Soto Zen and Rinzai Zen, born in Hanamaki, Japan in 1910. Ordained a Soto Zen monk by Fuchizawa Chimyo 淵沢智明 roshi in 1917, he later received Dharma transmission from him. From 1931 till 1938 he practiced in Hosshinji temple, then becoming a student at Komazawa University and graduating in 1941. In 1947 he became tanto of Hosshinji and also of Hoonji in 1948. He became Abbot of Toshoji. He received inka from Harada Daiun Sogaku and went on to establish two temples, Kannonji in Iwate and Tetsugyuji in Oita. He retired as Abbot of Toshoji in 1992 and died in 1996 at 86 years of age.

Maura O'Halloran (1955-1982) and 出口鐵城 Deguchi Tetsujo (1951-) were both Dharma heirs of Ban-roshi. Shengyen Huikong 聖嚴慧空 (1930-2009) [Sheng Yen] also studied with him. Gabor Terebess [釈 元祥 Shaku Genshō] spent some months with him at Tosho-ji in 1967. Paul Tesshin Silverman (1960-) was selected as Ban Tetsugyu Roshi's final Dharma heir in 1989, having started his studies with Ban Roshi in 1978. Ban Roshi began to build his final Zen Temple, Tetsugyuji, in the mid 1980's. Located in rural Oita Prefecture, Tetsugyuji was designed to be a pure “shugyo dojo” (training temple). Ban Roshi sent Paul Tesshin to run the isolated temple in 1989 and named him the official “jushoku” (head abbott) in 1993. Since that time, Paul Tesshin has run hundreds of meditation retreats for participants from around the globe.

 

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Ban Tetsugyu 伴鉄牛 was born in Hanamaki city (Iwate prefecture) June 4, 1910. He was ordained as a Sōtō Zen monk by Fuchizawa Chimyo Rōshi 淵沢智明 July 9, 1917, and received Dharma transmission (inka) from him. From 1931 till 1938, he practiced in Hosshinji temple. He became a student at a Sōtō Zen university, Komazawa University, in 1938 and graduated in 1941. After the war he became a tanto or head monk at Hosshinji in 1947, and also a tanto at Hoonji (Iwate prefecture) in 1948, and became a master of Toshoji. He also received Dharma transmission from Harada Daiun Sogaku Roshi 原田祖岳 (1871-1961). Ban Tetsugyu established two temples in Japan, Kannonji (Iwate) and Tetsugyuji (Oita). On May 10, 1992 he retired from Toshoji and passed away on January 21, 1996. He was 86 years old. Ban Tetsugyu was known to be an extremely strict Zen teacher. For his teachings in Japanese, see Ban Tetsugyu 伴鉄牛, Gendai mumonkan 現代無門関 (A Modern Gateless Gate) (Fukuoka 福岡県: Nakagawa Tetsugen 中川鉄厳, 1980); and Gendai hekigan roku 現代碧厳録 (A Modern Blue Cliff Record) (Fukuoka 福岡県: Nakagawa Tetsugen 中川鉄厳, 1983). There is also a three volume autobiography; see Ban Tetsugyu 伴鉄牛, Gutoku tetsugyu : Ban Tetsugyu jiden 愚禿鉄牛: 伴鉄牛自伝 (Ignorant Bull: The Autobiography of Ban Tetsugyu) (Fukuoka 福岡県: Nakagawa Tetsugen 中川鉄厳, 1976-1981).

Toshoji today:

Toshoji International Zen Center
abbot
鐵城出口 Deguchi Tetsujo
4-5-18 Yutaka-cho Shinagawa-ku
Tokyo 142-0042 Japan
http://www.toshoji.com
http://homepage3.nifty.com/toshoji/tera.htm
http://homepage3.nifty.com/toshoji/histry.htm

 

 

Primo Maestro del Monastero Tosho-ji di Tokyo fondato da Harada Daiun Sogaku, Ban Tetsugyu Roshi nacque ad Hanamaki (prefettura di Iwate) il 4 Giugno del 1910. Venne ordinato Monaco Soto Zen da Fuchizawa Chimyo Roshi nel 1917 e ricevette la trasmissione di Dharma. Dal 1931 al 1938, praticò nel Monastero di Hosshin-ji. Diventò studente dell'Università di Komazawa nel 1938 e si laureò nel 1941. Nel 1947, dopo la guerra, diventò “Tanto” al Monastero Hosshin-ji; nel 1948 Maestro al Monastero di Hoon-ji (prefettura di Iwate) e al Monastero Tosho-ji. Ricevette il Dharma da Harada Daiun Sogaku Roshi.
Fondò due monasteri in Giappone : Kannon-ji (Iwate) e Tetsugyu-ji (Oita). Nel 1992 si ritirò a Kannon-ji nominando suo successore il Maestro Tetsujyo Deguchi che, ancora oggi, ne continua l'impegno.
Morì il 21 Gennaio 1996 all'età di ottantasette anni, dopo una vita dedicata a diffondere uno Zen fresco e pulsante tra gli occidentali che riempivano la sala di meditazione del monastero Tosho-ji.

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