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Ciolek T. Matthew. 1997-present. Zen Buddhist Names: an online catalog. Canberra: www.ciolek.com - Asia Pacific Research Online.
This document lists Buddhist names given to students and teachers active within the Zen tradition. Additions, corrections and comments will be appreciated. Please send email to Dr T. Matthew Ciolek email@example.com . For names used in the context of Tibetan Buddhism see the Dharma Names .
Zen Buddhist Names: an online catalog, part A-Hcompiled and edited by
T. Matthew Ciolek
with major assistance from Tamara Gabrysch (www.zenriver.nl)
and Robert Doin van de Roer (www.zenriver.nl) . Est.: 23 Nov 1997. Last updated: 11 Aug 2023.
25 years online and counting This document is a part of the Zen Buddhism WWW Virtual Library
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A work in progress. Today's (11 Aug 2023) addenda/major corrections are marked in red ink. - tmc
Source of the graphics: Groupe de Recherches et d'Etudes sur le Zen (GREZ)
Some of the Zen names and their bearersClick on a letter to jump to the appropriate section
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Sources no. 001-200 Sources no. 201-400 Sources no. 401-600
Numbers in square brackets, e.g. , refer to the source of information. Characters written in brown colour [src.] - Kanji and/or other characters as identified by the sources. Characters written in green colour [tmc] - Kanji and/or other characters as provisionally identified by T.M. Ciolek. Corrections might be needed. ?char? - appropriate Japanese Kanji character for the Zen name awaits identification. &%code; - appropriate HTML numeric code of the character awaits identification. ∞ - appropriate Japanese Kanji character has been stated by a paper source, however its HTML numeric code awaits identification. [src ?] - the source of information still to be listed. (?) or ? - uncertain reading.
n/a - not applicable.
Names marked with asterikses (*), the "cloud" names - the teaching names used within the Sanbo Kyodan and Sanbo Zen Lineages. Double slashes "//" are used to separate multiple bearers, past and contemporary, of the same name. Language: (C.) = Chinese; (E.) = English; (J.) = Japanese; (K.) = Korean; (P.) = Pali; (Sk.) = Sanskrit; (V.) = Vietnamese.
LETTERS HTML codes
(replace "%" with "#")
A AB | AI | AN | AS | top |
Abhaya (Sk.) अभय  &%2309; &%2349;
Fearless  PAQUIN, Linda-Lee 
Aishi (J.) 愛仕 [tmc] &%24859; &%20181; Compassionate Service  SARIAN, Steve  Aiun* (Ai-un*) (J.) 愛雲 [tmc] &%24859; &%38642; Love Cloud [448, p.232-233] ENOMIYA-LASSALLE, Hugo [448, p.233]
-AN (J.) (a suffix) 庵  &%24245; Hermitage/Hut [src.?] Traditional addition to the Dharma names of female teachers (eg. Baika-an, Doku’un-an, Getsu’un-a) in Sanbo Zen school  An (J.) 安 [tmc] &%23433; Peace, Peace of Being At
Home , Peaceful 
AITKEN, Anne  // DeGREGORIA, Ben  Ana (J.) 穴  &%31348; Cave  FUGAI, Ekun  Anabotei (J.), Ana Bodhi (J.) 阿那菩提  &%38463; &%37027; &%33769; &%25552; [meaning is to be ascertained] ASHVAGOSHA, the 12th Indian Ancestor  Andō (J.) 安道 [tmc] &%23433; &%36947; Peaceful Way  DeSPAIN, Shiela  Angyo (J.) 安行 [tmc] &%23433; &%34892; Peacemaker  HOLMES, Sandra  // WEGMÜLLER, Barbara Salaam  Anjo (J.) 安定 [tmc] &%23433; &%23450; Peaceful Samadhi  de WOLF, Leo  Annen (J.) 安念 [tmc] &%23433; &%24565; Peaceful Quiet Compassionate
LASOCKA BICZYSKO, Anna  Anshin (J.) 安心 [tmc] &%23433; &%24515; Peaceful Mind  GAGE, John  Ansui (J.) 安水 [tmc] &%23433; &%27700; Peaceful Calm Water or
KOLTHOFF, Paula  Antei (J.) 安庭 [tmc] &%23433; &%24237; Serene Garden  LARSON, Anne  Anzan (J.) 安山 [tmc] &%23433; &%23665; Peaceful Mountain  ANZAN HOSHIN  // APPELMAN, Jed  // TADAMASA (a retainer of Shikken (regent) Hojo Takatoki 1311-1333)
Aśvaghoṣa (Sk.) अश्वघोष  &%2309; &%2358; &%2381; &%2357; &%2328; &%2379; &%2359; Having a Horse-Voice , Horse-Cry  ASHVAGOSHA, the 12th Indian Ancestor ]
B BA | BE | BH | BO | BU | top |
Baidō (J.) 倍道[446, p.52] &%20493; &%36947; Multiplying Way [446, p.52] K O S E N B A I D Ō [446, p.52] Baigaku (J.) 梅岳 [tmc] &%26757; &%23731; Plum Mountain  IMAGAWA YOSHIMOTO  Baika (J.) 梅花 [420, p.77] &%26757; &%33457; Plum Blossom [420, p.77], Plum Bloom  BAIKA BUSSHIN [420, p.77] // BARKWELL, Victoria  // GABRYSCH, Fenella  // MONSKE, Carmen  // PRATT, Andrea  Baizan (J.) 梅山 [420, p.77, p.78][446, p.51] &%26757; &%23665; Plum Mountain [420, p.77, p.78][446, p.51] BAIZAN MOMPON [446, p.51] // CHŪSHIN BAIZAN [420, p.78] // MONSHIN BAIZAN [420, p.77]