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峨山韶碩 Gasan Jōseki (1275-1366)
總持峨山韶碩 Sōji Gasan Jōseki

Gasan Jōseki (峨山 韶碩 1275 – 23 November 1366) was a Japanese Soto Zen master. He was a disciple of Keizan Jokin, and his disciples included Bassui Tokushō, Taigen Sōshin, Tsūgen Jakurei, Mutan Sokan, Daisetsu Sōrei, and Jippō Ryōshū.

A son of the Minamoto family, with origins in the province of Noto (the present Ishikawa Prefecture). Gasan began his Buddhist studies within the Tendai school then, after a meeting with Keizan in Kyoto, joined with Keizan at the monastery of Daijôji, where he became one of Keizan's principal disciples. He was later the second abbot of Sôjiji, which he directed over a period of forty years, and was briefly the fourth abbot of Yôkôji. Gasan was the first master in Japan to make study of the dialectical system of the “Five Degrees” (jap. goi) of Chinese Master Dongshan Liangjie (jap. Tôzan Ryôkai, 807-869), founder and namesake of the Sôtô school. Of the six principal disciples of Keizan, only Meihô Sotetsu (1277-1350) and Gasan Jôseki have played a part in determining the later development of the school. Gasan had twenty-five successors, including five that he described as particularly “sensible.”

A famous dialogue between Keizan and Gasan has been preserved. One night, as they contemplated the starry sky. Keizan asked of Gasan: “Do you know that there are two moons?” At that time, Gasan failed to understand. Keizan responded, “If you do not know that there are two moons, you cannot be a bud in the Sôtô line.” Gasan went on to practice most intently. When the time was ripe, Keizan sent him to study with other Masters, in particular with Kyôô Unryô, a Rinzai Master. On Gasan's return, he replied to Keizan, “ We must inherit this mind that is as beautiful as the moon.” Keizan Zenji heard that reply and recognized Gasan Zenji as his successor, “Now you can finally be a bud in the Sôtô line.”

An alleged conversation of Gasan's was integrated into the famous American collection 101 Zen Stories:

A university student while visiting Gasan asked him: "Have you ever read the Christian Bible?"

"No, read it to me," said Gasan.

The student opened the Bible and read from St. Matthew: "And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these...Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself."

Gasan said: "Whoever uttered those words I consider an enlightened man."

The student continued reading: "Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened."

Gasan remarked: "That is excellent. Whoever said that is not far from Buddhahood."

Although given the fact that Christianity was not introduced in Japan until significantly after Gasan's death, this story is likely apocryphal. Another explanation is that the story in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones writes "Gasan" but means Gisan Zenkai, a 19th century Zen Master. Different editions of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones show the Gisan/Gasan mixup, a 19th century figure would make the story more plausible.


Portrait of Gasan Joseki Zenji (Stored in Sojiji Soin)

A key to the success of his lineage's growth was Keizan's evangelical disciple Gasan Jōseki, who was abbot of Sōjiji for forty years. Along with a troupe of energetic followers, such as Tsūgen Jakurei in the first generation and Ryōan Emmyō and Jochū Tengin in the next two generations, Gasan fostered the rapid spread of Sōtō Zen in the countryside. He did this by taking over many abandoned Tendai and Shingon temples and assimilating folklore divinities, which were called upon to protect the welfare of the sacred sites. While greatly concerned with construction projects for bridges, dams, and irrigation canals to help win popular support, Gasan was also a scholastic monk who promulgated the dialectical doctrine of the “five ranks” (go-i), which is rooted in Chinese texts, especially in the teachings of founding patriarch Tung-shan. (Steven Heine: Zen Skin, Zen Marrow)

Gasan Joseki Zenji, Second Abbot of Daihonzan Sojiji
http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/dharma/pdf/34e.pdf pp. 2-5.

(Gasan Zenji's birth)

Gasan Zenji's parents were very devout people. As they were without a child for a long time, his mother especially prayed singleheartedly to Manjushri Bodhisattva “To be granted a child.” Then one night his mother dreamed that Manjushri Bodhisattva was swallowing a sword, and she became pregnant. We can imagine how much both parents were delighted, as they had been eagerly awaiting the birth of a child. The months matured and a big baby boy, like a jewel, was born. This child grew to become Gasan Zenji.

The story of Gasan Zenji's birth is very much like that of Keizan Zenji, the Founder of Sojiji. It is recorded that Keizan Zenji's mother also had not been granted a child for a long time, and that she, too, became pregnant after praying to Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva at the Kannon Shrine in her village.

We do not know the name of Gasan Zenji during his boyhood, but he was warmly raised by his devout parents, enjoyed playing among the beautiful mountains and clear stream of his homeland, and grew to be a vigorous and wise boy.

The birthplace of Gasan Zenji was Uryu, now Tsubata-town, near the boundary between Ishikawa Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture. The time of Gasan Zenji's youth was the end of the Kamakura Period in Japan. At the age of eleven Gasan Zenji was brought by his mother to a temple of either the Tendai or Shingon School to become a novice monk, and he climbed up to Mt. Hiei to begin his formal training at the age of sixteen.

(His meeting with Keizan Zenji)

Regarding his meeting with Keizan Zenji, it is recorded that after six years of strenuous effort in training and study at Mt. Hiei, Gasan Zenji heard a rumor that a distinguished Zen monk named Keizan Zenji was staying in Kyoto. He was interested to know what kind of Zen monk Keizan Zenji was, so he decided to visit him. He then challenged him with this question, asking: “Isn't the Tendai School teaching that I am now learning the same as the Zen teaching you mention?”

Without answering him, Keizan Zenji simply smiled. Not understanding the meaning of Keizan Zenji's smile, Gasan Zenji returned to Mt. Hiei and devoted himself to the cultivation of study and practice far more earnestly than before. He continued, however, to ponder the significance of Keizan Zenji's smile, and to consider the true nature of the Buddha's Path. In this way he spent two more years at Mt. Hiei, but he was left feeling unsatisfied, unable to resolve the perplexities in which he found himself. Finally, he determined to leave Mt. Hiei and to go to Daijoji Temple in Kaga, in the present Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture.

(His practice, Two Moons)

Upon arriving at Daijoji, Gasan Zenji was joyfully welcomed by Keizan Zenji. Keizan Zenji said, “I believe that you will become an important person in the development of the Soto Zen Buddhism in the future. So please become a Soto Zen monk, by all means.” Gasan Zenji, responding to these words, changed from the way of the Tendai Buddhism to that of the Soto Zen Buddhism. Gasan Zenji thereby entered into a life of hard practice and deepened his practice of the Buddha Way.

The following anecdote comes from this period:

Keizan Zenji said, “Do you know that there are two moons?”

Gasan Zenji said, “No, I don't.”

Keizan Zenji said, “If you don't know that there are two moons, you cannot become my Zen successor.”

Recognizing the immaturity of his practice, Gasan Zenji strove even more intensively than before. Two years later, while Gasan Zenji, now at the age of twenty-six, was single-mindedly sitting in zazen as usual, Keizan Zenji approached him silently and snapped his fingers near Gasan Zenji's ear. At that moment Gasan Zenji was completely awakened. It was like being awakened from a long dream.

There is no record of how Gasan Zenji was awakened to the two moons, but it would have been to the one moon that illuminates the whole world and to the other moon that is in one's own mind, like the Buddha. Keizan Zenji acknowledged Gasan Zenji's awakening and was even more strongly convinced that he would become his successor.

Even after his awakening, Gasan Zenji continued his strenuous practice under Keizan Zenji, and at the age of thirty-one he set out to widen his observations and enrich his experiences by traveling to train throughout many provinces. Gasan Zenji's pilgrimage to districts throughout the country led to encounters with many people. After two years of travel, he returned to Daijoji. In due course Keizan Zenji entrusted Daijoji to Meiho Sotetsu Zenji, and he established Jojuji Temple in Kaga Province. He also established Yokoji with a land donation in Sakai, Noto Province, near the present Sakai-cho of Hakui City. At this time Gasan Zenji devoted his best efforts to support Keizan Zenji in founding of Yokoji.

(Opening of Sojiji)

After opening Yokoji, Keizan Zenji worked actively to propagate Soto Zen Buddhism teachings, centering his efforts in Noto Province. He soon procured Morookadera Temple of the Shingon Buddhism in Noto, converted it into a Soto Zen Buddhism temple, and renamed it Sojiji. Three years after opening Sojiji, Keizan Zenji gave the abbacy to Gasan Zenji, and returning to Yokoji Temple. Keizan Zenji passed away there in the following year at the age of sixty-two.

(Establishing the foundation of Sojiji)

Gasan Zenji inherited Sojiji at the age of forty-nine. Although the Emperor Godaigo had already conferred the imperial designation of “Practice Place for Promotion of the Soto Zen Buddhism” upon Sojiji, the temple was not yet well equipped with physical buildings or financial resources, and it was expected that Gasan Zenji would use his great abilities to propagate Soto Zen Buddhism teachings throughout the country.

Under Gasan Zenji, the distinguished disciples that came to be known as the Gotetsu (Five Abbots) and the Nijugotetsu (Twenty-five Dignitaries) gathered from all over the country to practice at Sojiji.

The Five Abbots were the disciples, Taigen Soshin, Tsugen Jakurei, Mutan Sokan, Daitetsu Soryo, and Jippo Ryoshu, who set up Fuzoin, Myokoan, Tosenan, Denpoan, and Nyoian, respectively. Together these temples were called the Goin (Five Temples) of the Sojiji precinct, and each disciple managed Sojiji in turn.

Gasan Zenji spread Keizan Zenji's teachings widely, providing his disciples with the “Keizan Shingi (Keizan's Pure Standard)” in order to propagate Soto Zen Buddhism teachings throughout the country. While acting as the abbot of Sojiji, Gasan Zenji became the abbot of Yokoji as well. The anecdote of “Gasan-goe (Gasan's Peak Passing)” is from this period. In order to officiate at the morning services of both Sojiji and Yokoji, Gasan Zenji held services at Yokoji at midnight, and then crossed a mountain pass of fifty-two kilometers to officiate at Sojiji afterward. At Sojiji the monks recited the Daihishin Dharani slowly, until Gasan Zenji arrived. Then, they resumed their recitation at the ordinary speed. This unique recitation method, called shindoku (literally, "true reading") is observed at every morning service of Sojiji to this day.

(Fostering of disciples and achievements)

As mentioned earlier, there were among Gasan Zenji's disciples many particularly distinguished ones, who came to be called the Twenty-five Dignitaries.

Gasan Zenji determined that each abbot of “Five Temples” should take turns acting as abbot of Sojiji. Consulting together on important issues, they operated within a structure known as the Cycle Resident Priest System (Rinban Jushoku Sei), in which the disciples, bonded together, managed Sojiji.

After Gasan Zenji passed away, this system was formally adopted by Taigen Soshin Zenji, and it continued for five hundred and four years, among almost fifty thousand abbots, until it ceased in the year 1870. The Cycle Resident Priest System played an important role in the development of Sojiji and the formation of its Front Gate Town, with its great bustle and business.

(His Entering Nirvana)

In these many ways, Gasan Zenji actively contributed to the solidification of Sojiji's foundation. Gradually giving way to the natural course of physical conditions, he at last passed away, in the presence of his disciples, on the twentieth of October of the fifth year of Joji (1366), at the age of ninety-one.

His last words, in the form of a poem, were: “I received my life for ninety-one years, and will depart to the other world when night falls.” He left such works as “Mountain Clouds,” “Ocean Moon and The Ambrosia Announcing Dharma Words,” among others.


Let us consider, finally, Sojo, which means transmission of the Buddha's teaching from master to disciple, generation after generation.

The Second Abbot Gasan Zenji correctly received the Buddha's teachings from Taiso Keizan Zenji. He established the foundation of Sojiji, enabling the valuable teachings to be mutually transmitted to generations of ancestors, beginning with the Twenty-five Dignitaries. We are Dharma descendants in the living extension of this linage, and we must mutually transmit these valuable teachings to the future. The "great footsteps" are not only those of Gasan Zenji and the generations of ancestors, but also those of the future sangha to which we must transmit the teachings.

By mindfully and meticulously teaching and fostering many disciples called Five Abbots and Twenty-five Dignitaries, the foundation of the Soto Zen Buddhism was established and its development throughout the country made possible. As the Great Memorial Ceremony approaches, we wish to widely promote Sojo. The valuable teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha have been mutually transmitted through generations of ancestors, the Two Ancestors (Dogen Zenji, Keizan Zenji), and Gasan Zenji, and they are vividly received by us through the Dharma blood vein. We must mutually transmit these valuable teachings into the future. In doing so, we must deeply reflect on the difficult-to-meet causal relations that have made it possible for us to receive these great teachings. We must also consider how we can transmit these teachings with our whole bodies and hearts into the future, even as we face growing fears of social confusion and spiritual insecurity.
On this occasion of the Preliminary Memorial Ceremony, I would like to look forward to next year's Great Memorial Ceremony and the opportunity it provides for extolling the beneficial virtues rendered to us by Gasan Zenji, for appreciating deeply the limitless grace of compassion legitimately inherited to this day without interruption, and for reflecting on the gravity of our responsibility to transmit the teachings into the future.



Multiple Layers of Transmission: Gasan Jōseki and the Goi Doctrine in the Medieval Sōtō school
by Marta Sanvido (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italia)
Annali di Ca' Foscari. Serie orientale, 53, 2017, pp. 337-368


Soseki of Soji

Translated by Thomas Cleary
In: Timeless Spring, A Soto Zen Anthology
Weatherhill / Wheelwright Press, Tokyo - New York, 1980, pp. 138-140.

The zen master's initiatory name was Soseki; he was styled
Gazan. He was from Noto prefecture, and his lay surname was
Minarnoto; he was a descendant of the great councillor
Reizei. His mind was exceptionally keen, and his clear
countenance was extraordinary.

As a youth he gave up lay life and climbed right up to
Mount Hiei, where he set up an altar and received the pre-
cepts. He often went to lectures and studied thoroughly
the essentials of the school of Tendai. When he happened
to meet zen master Keizan at Daijo monastery, Keizan saw
at once that he was a vessel of truth, so he said to him, "A
fine vessel of dharma; why dont you change your vest-
ments and investigate zen?" The master Gazan said, "I
have a mother and I fear she would lack support (if I did
so)." Keizan said, "In ancient times Sanavasa gave up a
whole continent to enter our school; how can you neglect
the way of the greatest teaching for a petty mundane
duty?" Then he took off his outer robe and gave it to Gazan,
who joyfully accepted it with a bow.

Then he went along with Keizan when he moved to Soji
monastery. He was wholehearted and sincere at all times,
never once straying. One day when Keizan got up in the
hall to speak, the master Gazan came forward from the assembly
and asked, "Why is it hard to speak of the place
where not a breath enters?" Keizan said, "Even speaking
of it does not say it." The master had a flash of insight; as
he was about to open his mouth, Keizan said, "Wrong."
Scolded, Gazan withdrew; after this his spirit of determination
soared far beyond that of ordinary people. One
night as Keizan was enjoying the moon along with Gazan,
he said, "Do you know that there are two moons?" Gazan
said, "No." Keizan said, "If you don't know there are two
moons,* you are not a seedling of the To succession."

At this the master increased his determination and sat
crosslegged like an iron pole for years. One day as Keizan
passed through the hall he said, "'Sometimes it is right to
have Hirn raise his eyebrows and blink his eyes; sometimes
it is right not to have Him raise his eyebrows and
blink his eyes.'"** At these words the master Gazan was
greatly enlightened. Then with full ceremony he expressed
his understanding. Keizan agreed with hirn and said, "After
the ancients had gotten the message, they went north
and south, polishing and chipping day and night, never
complacent or self-conceited. From today you should go
call on (the teachers) in other places."

Gazan bowed and took his leave that very day. At all the
monasteries he visited he distinguished the dragons from
the snakes.*** After a long time of this he eventually returned
to look in on Keizan. Keizan welcomed him joyfully
and said, "Today you finally can be a seedling of the To
succession." The master Gazan covered his ears.

Keizan said, "1 am getting feeble and am depending on
a hand from you to hold up a broken sand bowl;" then he
transmitted the teaching to hirn. After the master had received
it, he led the community at Soji. The monastery
regulations were fully developed, modeled on the strict
rules of Tiantong. Before long people from all walks of life
carne like clouds. Always surrounded by thousands of
people, Gazan greatly expounded Soto zen.

* The moon is the symbol of reality. Traditionally 'middle path'
buddhism provisionally distinguishes two levels of reality, conventional
(social) and ultimate ('emptiness').

** This is a saying of Shitou.

*** Dragons are great meditation adepts; snakes are those that
resemble 'dragons' but aren't really; that is, Gazan saw who were
the genuine knowers and who were the imitations.

Gazan Soseki had twenty-five enlightened disciples to
whom he transmitted the Dharma; each spread the teaching
in one region, and the influence of the school spread
all over the country. At the end of his life he had Taigen [~ Sōshin, d. 1370)

inherit his seat, and also entrusted Tsūgen [~ Jakurei, 1322-1391] with the sceptre
of authority of the school. After he had imparted his last instruction
to his various disciples Mutan [~ Sokan, d. 1387], Daitetsu [~ Sōrei, 1333-1408],
Hobo, and the rest, he rang the bell, chanted a verse, and died.

His verse said,

Skin and flesh together
Ninety one years.
Since night, as of old,
I lie in the yellow springs of death.



木像 mokuzō; wooden effigy of Gasan


Gasan-ha 峨山派

Gasan Jōseki was in charge of Sōji-ji for 40 years. He had twenty-five notable disciples, and they were known as Gasan-ha 峨山派 (Group or line).  
He emphasized the cultivation of Dō (the Way) and revitalized the thinking (philosophy) of the “Five Ranks.” From now on, the central doctrine of Gasan Zen was not Dōgen's Shōbōgenzō, but Tōzan's “Five Ranks.”

Gasan had the following dharma-heirs: Taigen Sōshin 太源宗真 (d. 1371), Daitetsu Sōrei 大徹宗令 (1333–1408), Tsūgen Jakurei 通幻寂霊 (1323–1391), and Mugai Enshō 無外圓照 (1311–1381).


Gasan-ha 峨山派
Taigen Lines

峨山韶碩 Gasan Jōseki (1275-1366)
太源宗真 Taigen Sōshin (?-1371)
梅山聞本 Baizan Monpon (?-1417)
恕仲天誾 Jochū Tengin (1365-1437)

眞巖道空 Shingan Dōkū (1374-1449)
川僧慧濟 Sensō Esai (?-1475)
以翼長佑 Iyoku Chōyū
無外珪言 Mugai Keigon
然室輿廓 Nenshitsu Yokaku
雪窓鳳積 Sessō Hōseki
臺英是星 Taiei Zeshō
南甫元澤 Nampo Gentaku
象田輿耕 Zōden Yokō
天祐祖寅 Ten'yū Soen
建庵順瑳 Ken'an Junsa
朝國廣寅 Chōkoku Kōen
宣岫呑廣 Senshū Donkō
斧傳元鈯 Fuden Gentotsu
大舜感雄 Daishun Kan'yū
天倫感周 Tenrin Kanshū
利山哲禪 Sessan Tetsuzen
富山舜貴 Fuzan Shunki
實山默印 Jissan Mokuin
湷巖梵龍 Sengan Bonryū
大器敎寛 Daiki Kyōkan
圓成宜鑑 Enjo Gikan
祥雲鳳瑞 Shōun Hōzui
砥山得枉 Shizan Tokuchu
南叟心宗 Nansō Shinshū
觀海得音 Kankai Tokuon
逆質祖順 Gyakushitsu Sojun (187?-1891)
佛門祖學 Butsumon Sogaku (1858-1933)
玉潤祖温 Gyokujun So-on (1877-1934)
祥岳俊隆 Shōgaku Shunryū (1904-1971)
→ [鈴木 Suzuki]

眞巖道空 Shingan Dōkū (1374-1449)
川僧慧濟 Sensō Esai (?-1475)
以翼長佑 Iyoku Chōyū
大年祥椿 Dainen Jōchin (1434-1513)
大路一遵 Dairo Ichijun (1399-1518)
林英宗甫 Rin'ei Sōfu (?-1531)
大陽一鸰 Daiyō Ichirei (?-1569)
天陽一朝 Tenyō Ichichō (?-1549)
潛龍慧湛 Senryū Etan (?-1566)
天叟善長 Tensō Zenchō (?-1572)
鳳山等膳 Hōzan Tōzen (?-1590)
一柱禅易 Ichichū Zeneki (?-1598)
士峰宗山 Shihō Sōzan (1542-1635)


Note that Dairo Ichijun (1399-1518), who lived to almost 100 and 20 years of age, was the first Abbot of Kasui-sai 可睡齋, a Sōtō Zen temple at Shizuoka. Rin'ei Sōfu was the second-generation Abbot; Daiyō, the third-generation; Tenyō, the fourth-generation; Senryū, the fifth-generation; Tensō, the sixth-generation; Hōzan, the seventh-generation; Ichichū, the eighth-generation; and Shihō, the ninth-generation Abbot, respectively.

石叟圓柱 Sekisō Enchū (?-1455)
太巌宗梅 Taigan Sōbai (?-1502)
賢窓常俊 Kensō Jōshun (?-1507)
慈山永訓 Jisan Eikun
大仲靈乘 Daichū Reijō
南翁良薫 Nan'ō Ryōkun
大充隆存 Daijū Ryūzon
鳳巌全察 Hōgan Zensatsu
良山長善 Ryōzan Chōzen
吉洲玄祥 Kisshū Genshō
器外聞應 Kigai Mon'ō
觀州泰察 Kanshū Taisatsu
點叟順鐵 Tensō Juntetsu
甄國慶察 Kenkoku Keisatsu
來典玄察 Raiten Gensatsu
甄巌是察 Kengan Zesatsu
峰國察雄 Hōkoku Satsuyū
鷺帝昌宿 Rotei Shōshuku
不峰達傳 Fuhō Tatsuden
家中寂中 Kachū Jakuchū
文山高林 Bunzan Kōrin
大蟲文機 Daichū Bunki
潮湖文鯨 Chōko Bungei
嚕宗惠襌 Roshū Ezen
靈犀惠紋 Reisai Emon
徳瑞天麟 Tokuzui Tenrin
祥岳麟瑞 Shōgaku Rinzui
佛山瑞明 Butsuzan Zuimyō
佛鑑明國 Bukkan Myōkoku (1862-1904)
佛庵慧明 Butsuan Emyō (1880-1955)
瑞岳廉芳 Zuigaku Rempō (1905-1993)
→ [丹羽 Niwa zenji]
愚道和夫 Gudō Wafu (1919-2014)
→ [西嶋 Nishijima]

喜山性讃 Kisan Shōsan (1377-1442)
茂林芝繁 Morin Shihan (1393-1487)
崇芝性岱 Sūshi Shōtai (1414-1496)

賢仲繁喆 Kenchū Hantetsu (1438-1512)
大樹宗光 Daiju Sōkō
琴峰壽泉 Kimpō Jusen
鐵叟棲鈍 Tetsusō Seido n
舟谷長春 Shūkoku Chōshun
傑山鐵英 Ketsuzan Tetsuei
報資宗恩 Hōshi Sōon
五峰海音 Gohō Kai'on
天桂傳尊 Tenkei Denson (1648-1735)
像山問厚 Shōzan Monkō (?-1776)
二見石了 Niken Sekiryō
靈淡魯龍 Reitan Roryū
覺城東際 Kakujō Tōsai
覺庵了愚 Kakuan Ryōgu
了杲大梅 Ryōka Daibai
雪岩愚白 Ungan Guhaku (?-1928)
梅庵白純 Baian Hakujun (1898-1978)
→ [黒田 Kuroda, Maezumi's father]
博雄大山 Hakuyū Taizan (1931-1995)
→ [前角 Maezumi]


二見石了 Niken Sekiryō
玄楼奥龍 Genrō Ōryū (1720–1813)
風外本高 Fūgai Honkō (1779-1847)


喜山性讃 Kisan Shōsan (1377-1442)
茂林芝繁 Morin Shihan (1393-1487)
崇芝性岱 Sūshi Shōtai (1414-1496)
賢仲繁喆 Kenchū Hantetsu (1438-1512)
在天祖龍 Zaiten Soryū
六山祖芸 Rikusan Sogei
玉叟祖瑞 Gyokusō Sozui
天祐祖青 Ten'yū Sosei
兆屋壽慶 Chō'oku Jukei
豊国壽欣 Hōkoku Jukin
年州呑壽 Nenshū Donju
意国永的 Ikoku Eiteki
義国泉祝 Gikoku Senshuku
蘭龍絮秀 Ranryū Joshū
嘉州祥慶 Kashū Shōkei
心梁久鐡 Shinryō Kyūtetsu
覚峯宗閻 Kakuhō Shūen
覚胤慧了 Kakuin Eryō
覚堪胤宗 Kakutan Inshū
寶山宗鏡 Hōzan Shūkyō
齢山良珍 Reizan Ryōchin
秀山太音 Shūzan Taion
祥雲太瑞 Shōun Taizui
喚山太應 Kanzan Taiō
如山黙全 Nyosan Mokuzen
中山忍興 Chūzan Ninkō
白山孝純 Hakusan Kōjun (1914-2007)
→ [野圦 Noiri]
寶輪大行 Hōrin Daigyō (1938-2011)
→ [森山 Moriyama]


Gasan-ha 峨山派
Tsūgen Lines

峨山韶碩 Gasan Jōseki (1275-1366)
通幻寂靈 Tsūgen Jakurei (1322-1391)

普济善救 Fusai Zenkyū (1347-1405)
玉窗良珍 Gyokusō Ryōchin (?-1498)
性海慈孝 Shōkai Jikō
明室慧燈 Myōshitsu Etō
國岩周邦 Kokugan Shūhō
水庵聖泉 Suian Shōsen
靜安性騰 Jōan Shōtō
三應壽寅 San'ō Juin
中明全的 Chūmyō Zenteki
大仙淳智 Daisen Junchi
不異永龍 Fui Eiryū
無隱永有 Muin Eiyū
一峰宗潤 Ippō Sōjun
綱庵宗祝 Kōan Sōshuku
功雪潤作 Kōsetsu Junsa
真庵元達 Shinan Gentatsu
月海宗珠 Gekkai Sōju
南龍存舜 Nanryū Sonshun
晫州有暾 Takujū Uton
悟溪羪頓 Gokei Yōton
巨峰羪秀 Kyohō Yōshū
天岩舜佐 Tengan Shunsa
王山羪佐 Ōzan Yōsa
白堂樹林 Hakudō Jurin
月堂海印 Getsudō Kai'in
月江良纹 Gekkō Ryōmon
耕堂祖耘 Kōdō Soun
孝槃鐵山 Kōhan Tesan
滄海鐵龍 Sōkai Tetsuryū
禹門活龍 Umon Katsuryū
守道鐵關 Shudō Tekkan
維石鐵岩 Iseki Tetsugan
確能鐵觜 Tainō Tetshi
禅月翠巌 Zengetsu Suigan (1912-1996)
→ [余語 Yogo]

天鷹祖祐 Tenyō Soyū (1336-1413)
天先祖命 Tensen Somyō (1367-1458)
直翁宗廉 Jiki'ō Sōren (?-1446)
魁叟永梅 Kaisō Eibai (?-1467)
久翁英長 Kyū'ō Eichō
輝英慶萼 Ki'ei Kyōgaku
宣叟昙周 Sensō Donshū
超鹗祖宗 Chōgaku Soshū
山就周泰 Sanju Shūtai
久山賢悅 Kyūzan Ken'etsu
明叟周見 Meisō Shūken
天澤義恩 Tentaku Gi'on
確屋文春 Tai'oku Monshun
日山樹林 Nichizan Jurin
天山周益 Tenzan Shū'eki
佳雲恩陵 Ka'un Onryō
南陽嫩壽 Nan'yō Donju
天寶嫩白 Tenhō Donhaku
天江嫩良 Tenkō Donryō
蘆洲英荻 Roshū Eiteki
乙先秀存 Ichisen Shūson
久岩傳昌 Kyūgan Denshō
周岩全鼎 Shūgan Zentei
逸山博秀 Itsuzan Bakushū
北州祖關 Hokusen Sokan
聞桂無隱 Monkei Muin
一明祥麟 Ichimyō Shōrin
月耕灌田 Getsukō Kanda
要山祖髓 Yōzan Sozui
牧庵山童 Bokuan Sandō
雪堂曉林 Setsudō Gyōrin
旃崖奕堂 Sengai Ekidō (1805-1879)
→ [諸嶽 Morotake zenji]

Sengai Ekidō was Abbot of Sōji-ji and concurrently Kanchō 貫長 of the Sōtō-shū Group.

石屋真梁 Sekioku Shinryō (1345-1423)
竹居正猷 Chikukyo Shōyu (1380-1461)
器之為璠 Kishi Ihan (1404-1468)
大庵須益 Dai'an Su'eki (1406-1473)
全岩東純 Zengan Tōjun (?-1495)
足翁永滿 Soku'ō Eiman (1435-1505)
天甫存佐 Tenfu Zonsa (1449-1517)
奇伯瑞龐 Kihaku Zuibō (1463-1547)
助翁永扶 Jo'ō Eifu (?-1548)
龜洋宗鑒 Kiyō Sōkan (1487-1563)
異雪慶珠 Isetsu Kyōju (1502-1564)
繁興存榮 Hankō Zon'ei (1514-1577)
閱翁珠門 Etsu'ō Jumon (1521-1603)
安叟珠養 Ansō Juyō (?-1604)
貴雲嶺胤 Kiun Rei'in (?-1619)
鐵村玄鹫 Tetsuson Genju (1567-1638)
嶺室禅鹫 Reishitsu Zenju (1579-1636)
國嵬宗珍 Kokugai Sōchin (?-1632)


奇伯瑞龐 Kihaku Zuibō (1463-1547)
大用宗俊 Daiyō Sōshun
一翁龐賢 Ichiō Hōken
文應全藝 Bun'ō Zengei
傳志麟的 Denshi Rinteki
圍巖宗鐵 Igan Shūtetsu
桃水雲渓 Tōsui Unkei (1612-1683)

了庵慧明 Ryōan Emyō (1337-1411)
無極慧徹 Mukyoku Etetsu (1350-1430)
月江正文 Gekkō Shōbun (?-1463)
泰叟妙康 Taisō Myōkō (1406-1485)
天庵玄彭 Ten'an Genhō (?-1500)
雪岡舜德 Unkō Shuntoku (1438-1516)
喜州玄欣 Kishū Genkin (?-1536)
節庵良筠 Setsu'an Ryōshin (1458-1541)
泰翁德陽 Tai'ō Tokuyō (1481-1555)
在天宗鳳 Zeiten Sōhō (1490-1572)
久室玄長 Kyūshitsu Genchō (?-1585)
瑞翁俊鷟 Zui'ō Shunzoku (?-1596)
頭室伊天 Tōshitsu Iten (1523-1600)
一峰麟曹 Ichihō Rinsō (1567-1623)
心靈中道 Shinrei Chūdō (?-1655)
十洲補道 Jūshū Hodō (?-1646)
高岩薰道 Kōgan Kundō (?-1656)
不中秀的 Fuchū Shūteki (1621-1677)
獅岩梅腑 Shigan Baifu (1636-1680)
如實秀本 Nyojitsu Shūhon
嶺南秀恕 Reinan Shūjo (1675-1752)


了庵慧明 Ryōan Emyō (1337-1411)
無極慧徹 Mukyoku Etetsu (1350-1430)
月江正文 Gekkō Shōbun (?-1463)
一州正伊 Ichishū Shō'i (1416–1487)
賢室自超 Kenshitsu Jichō
嗽恕全芳 Sōnyo Zenhō
青岩周陽 Seigan Shūyō (?-1542)
大州安充 Daishū Anchū
興山圭隆 Kōzan Keiryū
看榮禀閱 Kan'ei Hin'etsu
用山元照 Yōzan Genshō
仁山嶺恕 Jinzan Reinvo
雪庭頓好 Setsutei Tonkō
大宣碧傳 Daisen Hekiden
泰道秀國 Taidō Shūkoku
臨峰良極 Rinhō Ryōkyoku
日信義重 Nichishin Gijū
大安良義 Daian Ryōgi
溫山良恭 Onzan Ryōkyō
寰山義邦 Kanzan Gihō
洞外仙州 Tōgai Senshū
大超寅州 Daichō Inshū
大愚萬拙 Daigu Mansetsu
海雲真龍 Kai'un Shinryū
佛海宗國 Bukkai Sōkoku
絕海勝俊 Zekkai Shōshun (1891-1979)
→ [岩本 Iwamoto zenji]

Gasan-ha 峨山派
Mugai & Mutei Lines

峨山韶碩 Gasan Jōseki (1275-1366)
通幻寂靈 Tsūgen Jakurei (1322-1391)

無外圓照 Mugai Enshō (1311-1381)
無著妙融 Muchaku Myōyū (1332-1393)
南陽融薰 Nanyō Yūkun
的林融中 Tekirin Yūchū
月山融照 Getsusan Yūshō
大芳融真 Daihō Yūshin
玉室融椿 Gyokushitsu Yūchin
梅溪融薰 Baikei Yūkun
月春融鑒 Getsushun Yūkan
古心融鏡 Koshin Yūkyō
陽室融慶 Yōshitsu Yūkyō
暢庵融悅 Chōan Yūetsu
養寂融供 Yōjaku Yūkyō
安考融察 Ankō Yūsatsu
久學融貞 Kyūgaku Yūtei
東甫融菊 Tōfu Yūkiku
一庭融頓 Ichitei Yūton (1580-1653)
雪山鶴昙 Sessan Kakudon (?-1649)
月舟宗林 Gesshū Sōrin (?-1687)
獨庵玄光 Dokuan Genkō (1630-1698)

無底良韶 Mutei Ryōshō (1313–1361) 
月泉良印 Gessen Ryōin (1319-1400)
古山良空 Kozan Ryōkū (1363-1415)
天簑舜賀 Tensai Shunga
南翁東橘 Nanjō Tōkitsu (?-1505)
秀山東春 Shūzan Tōshun
斧清春鈯 Fusei Shuntotsu
䊤雲梵光 Kyoun Bonkō
聰事雪存 Sōji Setsuson
崈堂擧法 Myōdō Kohō
大俊呑龍 Daishun Donryū
祖海震龍 Sokai Shinryū
本周志源 Honshū Shigen
高淳源底 Kōjun Gentei
圓山源明 Ensan Genmyō
無覺智関 Mugaku Chikan
元介金牛 Genkai Kingyū
挅底源瑞 Tantei Genzui
慧岳知明 Egaku Chimyō [淵沢 Fuchizawa]
鐵牛祖印 Tetsugyū Soin (1910-1996) [伴 Ban]


Gasan-ha 峨山派
Menzan Line

峨山韶碩 Gasan Jōseki (1275-1366)
太源宗真 Taigen Sōshin (?-1371)
梅山聞本 Baizan Monpon (?-1417)

傑堂能勝 Ketsudō Nōshō (1355-1422)
南英謙宗 Nan'ei Kenshū (1387-1460)
瑚海仲珊 Kokai Chūsan (1390-1469)
德嶽宗欽 Tokugaku Sōkin
太安梵守 Taian Bonshu (1407-1482)
審巌正察 Shingan Shōsatsu (?-1491)
固剛宗厳 Kogō Sōgon
天初蘂源 Tensho Zuigen (1451-1524)
大光元可 Daikō Genka
源菴守真 Genan Shushin
當山禅徹 [透山禪徹] Tōsan Zentetsu
霊庵宗鷲 [靈庵宗鷲] Ryōan Sōju
祥屋清吉 [祥屋盛吉] Shō'oku Seikichi
九山光天 Kyūsan Kōten
鱗庵光金 Rinan Kōkin
天國隆梵 Tenkoku Ryūbon
在智圭存 Zaichi Keizon
俊岩圭逸 Shungan Kei'itsu
學州存逸 Gakushū Sonitsu (?-1692)
可山洞悅 [可山投悦 / 可山叟悦] Kasan Tōetsu (1637-1707)
損翁宗益 Sonnō Shūeki (1650 -1705)
面山瑞方 [芳] Menzan Zuihō (1683-1769)
衡田祖量 Kōda Soryō (1702-1779)
斧山玄鈯 Fuzan Gentotsu (?-1789)
壽山智量 Shūzan Chiryō
瑞巖建宗 Zuigan Kenshū