Founding Teacher & Lineage
Sei'un An ROSHI (Roselyn E. Stone, Ph.D)
Sei’un An (Roselyn E. Stone, Ph. D.) was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. Since her graduation from the University of Toronto she's lived in five countries (England, Germany, USA, Japan and Australia) and had three professional lives: YWCA physical director; high school teacher of physical education; and tenured professor at the University of Toronto.
Sei’un Roshi began Zen practice in 1977 on a sabbatical year in Japan. In 1978 her kensho ('awakening') was confirmed by her teacher, the late Zen Master Kôun Yamada, of the San’un Zendo in Kamakura. In 1985 Yamada Roshi formally granted her authorisation as a Zen master in the Sanbo-Zen Lineage.
The teaching name of Sei’un An (‘Clearing Away the Clouds’) was conferred upon her at that time. In 1993 and 1994, Mountain Moon Zendos were established under her guidance in Brisbane and Toronto respectively. She travelled to Brisbane each year to teach until 2007.
You will find Sei’un Roshi in James Ishmael Ford’s, Zen Master Who?: A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2006) on page 152.
Our group in Brisbane is linked to a formal Zen lineage, Sanbo-Zen (Three Treasures), started by Yasutani Haku’un in 1954. It is a lay lineage which combines practice elements from the two main monastic Zen traditions in Japan - Soto and Rinzai Zen. Sanbo-Zen has played a significant role in the transmission of the Zen Dharma to the West over the past sixty years, and has a number of branches worldwide. Several well-known teachers in the West such as Philip Kapleau, Taizan Maezumi, Yamada Kôun and Robert Aitken trained in the Sanbo-Zen tradition.