Our Lineage

Kwan Um School Lineage

The Kwan Um School of Zen’s teaching lineage is part of the Korean Soen tradition. The founding teacher of our School, Zen Master Seung Sahn, is the 78th teacher in his line of Dharma Transmission. All students of Zen Master Seung Sahn to whom he has given Dharma Transmission are thus the 79th teachers in their personal lineages.

The Korean Soen lineage comes from the Chinese Rinzai lines and became separate around the year 1200. Famous Zen Masters in our lineage include the six Zen Patriarchs, Ma-tsu, Pai-chang, Lin-chi and Nan-chuan. Zen Master Seung Sahn received Dharma Transmission from Zen Master Ko Bong at the age of 22. His lineage also includes the noted Korean Zen Masters Man Gong and Kyong Ho.

India

The Buddha Shakyamuni

  1. Mahakasyapa
  2. Ananda
  3. Sanakavasa
  4. Upagupta
  5. Dhrtaka
  6. Miccaka
  7. Vasumitra
  8. Buddhanandi
  9. Buddhamitra
  10. Parsva
  11. Punyayasas
  12. Asvaghosa
  13. Kapimala
  14. Nagarjuna
  15. Kanadeva
  16. Rahulata
  17. Sanghanandi
  18. Gayasata
  19. Kumarata
  20. Jayata
  21. Vasubandhu
  22. Manorhita
  23. Haklena
  24. Aryasimha
  25. Basiasita
  26. Punyamitra
  27. Prajnatata
  28. Bodhidharma

    China

  29. Hui K’o
  30. Seng Ts’an
  31. Tao Hsin
  32. Hung Jen
  33. Hui Neng
  34. Huai Jang
  35. Ma-tsu Tao-i
  36. Pai-chang Huai-hai
  37. Huang-po Hsi-yun
  38. Lin-chi I-hsuan
  39. Hsing-hua Tzun-chiang
  40. Nan-yuan Hui-yu
  41. Feng-hsueh Yen-chao
  42. Shou-shan Hsing-nien
  43. Tai-tzu Yuan-shan
  44. T’zu-ming Ch’u-yuan
  45. Yang-ch’i Fang-hui
  46. Pai-yun Shou-tuan
  47. Wu-tsu Fa-yen
  48. Huan-wu K’o-ch’in
  49. Hsu-ch’iu Shao-lung
  50. Ying-an T’an-hua
  51. Mi-an Hsi-chieh
  52. P’o-an Tsu-hsien
  53. Wu-chuan Shih-fan
  54. Hsueh-yen Hui-lang
  55. Chi-an Tsung-hsin
  56. Shih-shih Ch’ing-kung

    Korea

  57. Tae-Ko Bo-Wu
  58. Whan-Am Hon-Su
  59. Ku-Gok Gak-Un
  60. Byeok-Ke Joung-Shim
  61. Byeok-Song Ji-Eom
  62. Bu-Yong Yeong-Kwan
  63. Cheong-Heo Hyu-Jeong
  64. Pyeon-Yang Eong-Ki
  65. Pung-Joung Heon-Shim
  66. Weol-Dam Seol-je
  67. Hwan-Seong Ji-An
  68. Ho-Am Che-Jeong
  69. Cheong-Bong Keo-An
  70. Yul-Bong Cheong-Kwa
  71. Keum-Heo Beop-Cheom
  72. Young-Am He-Eon
  73. Yeong-Weol Bong-Yul
  74. Man-Hwa Bo-Seon
  75. Kyong-Ho Seong-Wu
  76. Man-Gong Weol-Myeon
  77. Ko-Bong Gyeong-Uk
  78. Seung-Sahn Haeng-Won