Translated Titles

Generational Names and Monastic Succession: A Case Study of the Jin'e Monastery in Ningbo in Ming-Qing


葛洲子(Zhouzi GE)

Key Words

字輩 ; 宗派 ; 金峨寺 ; 天童寺 ; Generational name ; monastic succession ; Jin'e monastery ; Tiantong monastery



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

14卷2期(2016 / 10 / 01)

Page #

47 - 71

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

Since the Ming Dynasty, generational names, in which one character of the name is shared by monks in a single generation of transmission, became common among Chinese Buddhist monks. The practice served as a tool to make the world of the sangha more uniform and systematic. However, because monks in this period could be disciples of more than one master, a single monk might have different generational names to mark his relationship with different sects or branches. Whenever consciousness of sectarian affiliation was strong, and ensuring that succession to monastic leadership was transmitted through a single sect was a concern, the generational name became an important indicator the selection of the abbot. As a result, abbots might adopt an appropriate generational name to demonstrate the legitimacy of their selection to head a particular abbey. It sometimes came to the point that in order to demonstrate their qualification for succession to a particular position, they altered their previous names. This article uses. The gazetteer of the Jin'e monastery of Ningbo as well as other materials to explore this phenomenon.

Topic Category 人文學 > 歷史學
人文學 > 人類學及族群研究