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Our Great Benefactor and Founder of the Teachings, the Original Master Shakamuni Buddha (daion kyōshu honshi Shakamuni Butsu 大恩教主本師釋迦牟尼佛)

A set phrase used to refer to Shakamuni in liturgical texts. He is "founder of the teachings" (kyōshu 教主) and the "original master" (honshi 本師) because he is the progenitor of the Buddhist dharma and sangha. In the Zen tradition Shakamuni is revered above all other buddhas and is considered the founder and "original master" of the Zen lineage. →"Shakamuni."