Our Lineage and History

Harada-Yasutani (also known as The Sanbo Kyodan or “Three Treasures”) school of Zen was established in Japan by D.S Harada Roshi and his student and close collaborator H.R.Yasutani Roshi. The school, one of the most energetic and iconoclastic Buddhist organizations in the post-war Japan, combines elements of Japanese Soto (esp. teachings of Dogen Kigen and his Dharma grandson, Keizan Jokin) and Rinzai (esp. teachings of Hakuin Ekaku) traditions while its ‘graduates’ constitute the lion share of all Zen teachers currently active in USA, Germany, Switzerland, Philippines and Australia. 


Dharma Heirs and Teachers of the Harada-Yasutani school: 

HARADA Daiun Sogaku

HARADA Daiun Sogaku (13 Oct 1871-12 Dec 1961) 

Dharma heir of the Soto master Harada Sodo Kakusho (1844-1931) and a Dharma heir of the Rinzai master Dokutan Sosan (a.k.a Dokutan Toyota) (1840-1917), 31st teacher within Soto generation since Dogen Kigen (1200-1253), and 8th teacher within Rinzai generation since Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769)


Bantetsugu, Tetsugyu Ban (4 Jun 1910-21 Jan,1996) 

Ban Roshi was born in Hanamaki City (Iwate prefecture) June 4, 1910. He was ordained as a Soto Zen monk by 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 from Toshoji May 10, 1992 and died January 21, 1996. He was 87 years old. 

Our Teacher

Rev. Silverman was born in Pittsburgh, Pa and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University. At a young age Silverman went to Asia to pursue various interests in philosophy, art and the martial arts. Part of his training was under the supervision of Zen Master Ban Tetsugyu Roshi. Ban Roshi was the disciple and close student of one of the most important Zen Masters of the 20th century, Harada Daiun Sogaku Roshi. Ban Roshi designated Rev Silverman as his final official dharma heir. He gave Silverman the Buddhist name Tesshin which means “iron heart”.

After several years of running Ban Roshi’s mountain training temple, Tetsugyuji, Silverman was named the head Abbott of the temple 1993. He is the first westerner ever to be named the head of a Zen temple in Japan. Silverman also earned an MBA from Oita University. Although still the functioning head of the temple, Rev. Silverman relocated to New York fifteen years ago. Currently he runs a successful consultancy company in New York and volunteers as the only Buddhist Chaplain for several hospitals and the Disaster Chaplain Services of New York.


Our Full Lineage

Below is our lineage starting from Dogen all the way through Ban Roshi.  The diagram below shows the full lineage going all the back to Shakamuni.

永平道元 Eihei Dōgen (1200-1253)
孤雲懐奘 Koun Ejō (1198-1280)
徹通義介 Tettsū Gikai (1219-1309)
螢山紹瑾 Keizan Jōkin (1 268-1325)
峨山韶碩 Gasan Jōseki (1275-1366)
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 老師 Fuchizawa rōshi]
鐵牛祖印 Tetsugyū Soin (1910-1996) [伴 老師 Ban rōshi]

Full lineage details can be obtained at this LINK