Dharma Transmission
Upasika

A lineage document with Shakyamuni Buddha’s name at the top, and then listing every generation of Buddhist – or later, Zen – ancestor through the centuries, right up to the teacher giving the ketchimyaku, followed by the name of the person receiving it. All names are connected by a red line symbolizing the “blood” of the ancestors. Traditionally, this is a document hand-copied on silk by monastics for Dharma Transmission, but since medieval times ketchimyaku have been given to lay people at Jukai as a way to help them feel connected to the lineage.

 

Dharma Transmission
Upasika
« Back to Glossary Index
Share