Zendo West Lineage within Sanbo Zen and Sanbo Kyodan

Last Update - April 23, 2021

Harada Dai’un Sogaku Roshi Yasutani Haku’un Roshi Yamada Kō’un Roshi Yamada Ryōun Roshi
Sr. Elaine MacInnes Roshi

Nenates Albert Roshi

Zendo West

Zendo West is currently under the guidance of Nenates Albert Roshi, who is a student of the group's founder Sister Elaine MacInnes Roshi, who was a student of Yamada Kō’un Roshi. We are in a Zen line called Sanbo Zen (formerly known as Sanbo Kyodan).

The current Abbot of Sanbo Zen is Yamada Ryōun Roshi, whose father, Yamada Kō’un Roshi was the second Abbot of Sanbo Zen, and one of the line's three founders, together with Harada Dai’un Sogaku Roshi and Yasutani Haku’un Roshi.

Dragan Petrovic Roshi, teacher at Northern Lights Sangha, has recently guided sesshin with Zendo West, is also in the Sanbo Zen lineage. His teacher, Sei’un Roshi (Roselyn Stone Roshi), who led the Mountain Moon Sangha for many years, was a student of Yamada Kō’un Roshi.

Sanbo Zen

There are two web pages associated with Sanbo Zen:

SANBÔZEN, which includes a Short History of the SANBÔZEN


Sanbo Zen International, which includes a Historical Summary, as well as a Full History, which states that:

Sanbō Zen is an independent lay line of Zen Buddhism that blends elements of both the Caodong [Soto] and Linji [Rinzai] traditions in its teaching and practice. Its purpose is stated on its website (sanbō-­‐zen.org) by the second abbot Yamada Kō’un Roshi (1907-­‐1989) as follows:

The fundamental position of Sanbō Zen is to stand at the origin point of Buddhism through the Dharma gate of Dōgen Zenji.

[and that] Yasutani Haku’un (1885-­‐1973) is the official founder of Sanbō Zen, an independent Zen line formerly known as Sanbō Kyōdan and often referred to as the “Harada-­‐Yasutani School” because it is based on the teaching and practicethat Yasutani received from his master, Harada Dai’un Sogaku Roshi (1871-­‐1961). Both Harada and Yasutani were Sōtō monks.

"Sanbô," literally "three treasures," signifies the three most basic principles of Buddhism: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

The follow links take you to Wikipedia entries for the Three Founders of Sanbo Zen (sometimes referred to as The Three Clouds):

Yamada Kō'un - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamada_Koun

Hakuun Yasutani - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakuun_Yasutani

Harada Daiun Sogaku - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harada_Daiun_Sogaku

See also:

Sanbo Kyodan

Sanbo Zen Lineage

山田耕雲 Yamada Kō'un (1907-1989)

In Memoriam: Yamada Kōun Rōshi (1907-1989)
article by Ruben L. F. Habito

安谷 (白雲) 量衡 Yasutani (Hakuun) Ryōkō (1885-1973)

原田(大雲)祖岳 Harada (Daiun) Sogaku (1871-1961)

The Current Abbot of Sanbo Zen is
山田匡道 Yamada Masamichi, aka 山田凌雲 Yamada Ryōun (1940-)

Q & A with Sr. Elaine MacInnes, teaching others the art of Zen meditation - https://www.globalsistersreport.org/column/q/spirituality/q-sr-elaine-macinnes-teaching-others-art-zen-meditation-45756

The Q&A (above) with Sister Elaine MacInnes also includes a video preview for The Fires That Burn: The Life and Work of Sister Elaine MacInnes from May Street Productions on Vimeo.

Lineage Charts

Many lineage charts are available. The following are a few examples, which I have annotated.

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Click to Enlarge. Lineage charts above are taken from https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/lineage.html

Books Related to Zendo West, Koan Study and the Sanbo Zen Lineage


The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans

by Koun Yamada
Foreword by Ruben L. F. Habito

Chapters-Indigo listing and description

Zen - The Authentic Gate

Zen: The Authentic Gate

byYamada Koun

TPL* & Chapters-Indigo listing and description

*Available to borrow as an e-book from the TPL


The Flowing Bridge: Guidance on Beginning Zen Koans

by Elaine MacInnes
Editor Patrick Gallagher
Foreword by Ruben L. F. Habito

TPL & Chapters-Indigo listing and description


The Three Pillars Of Zen: Teaching, Practice, And Enlightenment

by Roshi Philip Kapleau

TPL & Chapters-Indigo listing and description


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