Shaolin Generations & Dharma Names


Many generations of fully Indoctorinated Monks, Shaolin Warrior Monks & Secular Disciples have been passing down the knowledge of Shaolin Chan, Wu & Yi for centuries and this Inheritance of knowledge is STRICTLY from Master to Disciple. This relationship is the most fundamental demonstration of the patriarchal clan system, traditional to Shaolin Temple.




The Shaolin patriarchal clan system was established in the 13th century when Abbot Xueting Fuyu, leader of Caodong sect, led the temple. The adoption of this system (which formed the grass-roots structure in ancient Chinese society) had a far-reaching impact on the temple and Shaolin Kungfu. At the peak of its historical influence, the temple ran 25 sub-temples with as many as 800-plus monks. In the 13th year of the reign of the Emperor Yongzheng during the Qing Dynasty (1735 A.D.), the imperial court carried out a major rectification of the patriarchal clans of the Shaolin Temple. At present, Shaolin Temple still has ten sub-temples with over 150 monks in total.


Sholin Monks, like most Buddhist Monks, receive a Dharma Name(Monastic Name) during their Iniciation Ceremony.


The Dharma Name basically consists of the following parts/words:


  • Title/Surname (Prefix)

  • Generation Name

  • Monk Name

The Surname or Title for all Shaoin Monks, Secular Disciples, Warriors is (the same) "Shi" (Shi ) as in Shijiamouni (Shi Jia Mou Ni ), the Chinese transliteration of Shakyamuni Buddha. to show they are part of the extended family.



The Generation Name for Shaolin Temple Monks is taken from a unusual Naming System which is a Generation Poem/Verse of a seventy characters (word), created by Abbot Xueting Fuyu at the beginning of the Song Dynasty. He wrote the poem for the next generations to derive their names from. For example, the given name of a monk or disciple of the 32nd generation would begin with the character "Xing", as it is the 32nd word in the poem.




The monks of the Shaolin Temple come from all over the world and are all required to learn these 70 characters of the poem by heart.









































List of Shaolin Generation Names

Please note:

This lineage does not begin wih Shaolin Temple's founder, Bato, or Shaolin Kung Fu's founder Damo as this system was introduced by Abbot Xueting Fuyu and so the generation name starts with him.

Generation

Generation Name

Generation

Generation Name

1

Fu

36

Miao

2

Hui

37

Ti

3

Zhi

38

Chang

4

Zi

39

Jian

5

Jue

40

Gu

6

Liao

41

Xin

7

Ben

42

Lang

8

Yuan

43

Zhao

9

Ke

44

You

10

Wu

45

Shen

11

Zhou

46

Xing

12

Hong

47

Ming

13

Pu

48

Jian

14

Guang

49

Chong

15

Zong

50

Zuo

16

Dao

51

Zhong

17

Qing

52

Zheng

18

Tong

53

Shan

19

Xuan

54

Xi

20

Zu

55

Chan

21

Qing

56

Jin

22

Jing

57

Que

23

Zhen

58

Yuan

24

Ru

59

Ji

25

Hai

60

Du

26

Zhan

61

Xue

27

Ji

62

Ting

28

Chun

63

Wei

29

Zhen

64

Dao

30

Su

65

Shi

31

De

66

Yin

32

Xing

67

Ru

33

Yong

68

Gui

34

Yan

69

Xuan

35

Heng

70

Lu

At present, the monks in the Shaolin Temple still follow the naming system of Master Fuyu of the 13th century. In nearly 800 years, there have already been more than 30 generations and the representative of the current generations have the characters of "Su", "De", "Xing", "Yong", "Yan" and "Heng" as the first character of their Dharma names.

CAUTION:

Unfortunately today, Generations names have been misused used by many
Martial Art Fraudsters around the world, who claim to be Shaolin Masters, to fool innocent Students and the Public by showing it as a sign of their Superiority or as a way to denote their credibility, knowledge or skill sets. While the truth is that a Generation Name cannot be used as a criteria to neither measure, nor to use it as a means to denote, the level of anyone's knowledge or skills.

For Example: Just because a newbie is accepted as a disciple by a Master of Generation Su (30) he cannot ever claim to be better than an experienced and well trained student of a Master of Generation Yan (34), exactly in the same way two students of the same Master may not necessarily be equally good.


The last part of the Monk's Dharma Name is a name given by the Master of the Disciple according to the Disciples Unique Personal Traits, Skills or Characteristics.


As Master Kanishka Sharma has had the rare priviledge and honour to be accepted as a Disciple by many Master's he has recevied the following Dharma Names.








Dharma Name

Given By

Shi De Qi

Da Shifu Shi Su Xi

Shi Yan You

Abbot Shi Yong Xin in 2014

Shi Yan Du

Abbot Shi Yong Xin

Shi Heng Du

Da Shifu Shi Yan Zi & Shifu Shi Yan Fang

Shi Miao Yi

Shifu Shi Heng Jun

References:
http://www.shaolin.org.cn/templates/EN_T_new_list/index.aspx?nodeid=375
https://www.wikipedia.org/