The Diamond Sangha Zen Lineage comes out of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Japan
The Sanbo Kyodan is a modern reformation movement in Japanese Zen that blends Soto and Rinzai Zen lines of practice and transmission.
Harada, Daiun Sogaku Roshi,
[13 Oct 1871-12 Dec 1961]
Harada Roshi became Dharma Heir to the Soto master Harada Sodo Kakusho[1844-1931] 31st teacher in the Soto generation since Dogen Kigen [1200-1253]; Harada Roshi was also Dharma Heir to the Rinzai master Dokutan Sosan (Dokutan Toyota)[1840-1919] 8th generation teacher in the Rinzai line since Hakuin Ekaku [1686-1769].
Yasutani, Hakuun Ryoko Roshi
[5 Jan 1885-28 Mar 1973]
Founder of the Sanbo Kyodan line. Soto priest who studied with and became Dharma Heir to Harada Roshi. Yasutani Roshi set up a lay lineage which carried through his student Yamada Koun Zenshin.
Yamada, Koun Zenshin Roshi
[Mar 1907 – 13 Sep 1989]
Since 1973, following the death of Yasutani Hakuun Roshi, head of Sanbo Kyodan school.
Robert Aitken Roshi
[19 Jun 1917 – 5 Aug 2010]
Studied with Yasutani Roshi and then his Dharma Heir Yamada Roshi. Founding Teacher of the Diamond Sangha with his wife Anne Aitken in Hawaii 1959. Aitken Rōshi also studied with Senzaki Nyogen and Nakagawa Soen Roshi.
Ross Bolleter Roshi
Ross received Transmission from Robert Aitken Roshi as well as John Tarrant Roshi. Ross is the senior Zen Teacher at the Zen Group of Western Australia and bought Diamond Sangha Zen to NZ through teaching Sesshin in NZ from 1994 to 2004, firstly in Nelson then in Dunedin
Glenn Wallis Roshi
Ross Bolleter Roshi gave Glenn authority to teach in 2004 and then Dharma Transmission in 2010. Glenn is the resident Zen Teacher of the Dunedin Zen Group.