Category Archives: Lineage

Women ancestors – why honouring them by name in our services is important to me – Miranda Wayu Forward

When I first joined StoneWater Zen way back in 2001, I couldn’t help noticing that all the ancestors named in our services were male. Women did get a mention, however, but only as ‘all women lineage holders whose names have been lost or forgotten’. How sad, I felt, but unsurprising to me as a feminist […]

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Mahaprajnapati with Prince Siddhartha

Who are these women? Explaining the female names in our dedication chant – Miranda Wayu Forward and Sarah Kokai Thwaites on behalf of the StoneWater Zen Women Ancestors Group

In 2016 the names of 4 female ancestors were added to the dedication chanted in StoneWater services alongside 5 male ancestors, including the Buddha himself. Previously the dedication paid tribute to women ‘lost and forgotten’. With a resurgence of interest in female ancestors and the publication of several notable books on this subject (see references […]

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Where are the Women?

Here’s a thoughtful and thought provoking piece by Miranda Forward: “Something has been bothering me for a while: – Every Wednesday evening during the service at Stonewater Zen Liverpool, we chant the Identity of Relative and Absolute Sutra. After the sutra, the Ino chants a dedication – In reciting the Identity of Relative and Absolute, […]

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Who is Keizan Jokin Zenji?

Each week, after chanting together the Identity of Relative and Absolute, we dedicate the merits of that chanting to our dharma ancestors. I’m not comfortable with just chanting the names mindlessly, so I thought I’d do some reading around and find out a little more… and then inflict it on you! I wanted to start with Keizan Jōkin (1268-1325), because of all the figures we recall during the service, he seems to have been most unduly overlooked.

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