Origen ->Gregory Thaumaturgus ->Saint Macrina the Elder-> Saint Basil the Great

lineage in Buddhism is a line of transmission of the Buddhist teaching that is „theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself.”[1] The acknowledgement of the transmission can be oral, or certified in documents. Several branches of Buddhism, including Zen and Tibetan Buddhism maintain records of their historical teachers. These records serve as a validation for the living exponents of the tradition.The historical authenticity of Buddhist lineage is questionable. Stephen Batchelor has claimed, speaking about specifically Japanese Zen lineage, „the historicity of this “lineage” simply does not withstand critical scrutiny.”[2] Erik Storlie has noted that transmission „is simply false on historical grounds.”[3] Edward Conze said „much of the traditions about the early history of Ch’an are the inventions of a later age.”[4]


Origen ->Gregory Thaumaturgus ->Saint Macrina the Elder-> Saint Basil the Great

Originally Gregory Thaumaturgus  was known as Theodore („gift of God”), not an exclusively Christian name. He was introduced to the Christian religion at the age of fourteen, after the death of his father. He had a brother Athenodorus, and on the advice of one of their tutors, the young men were eager to study at the Berytus in Beirut, then one of the four or five famous schools in the Hellenic world. At this time, their brother-in-law was appointed assessor (legal counsel) to the Roman Governor of Palestine; the youths had therefore an occasion to act as an escort to their sister as far as Caesarea in Palestine. On arrival in that town they learned that the celebrated scholar Origen, head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria, resided there. Curiosity led them to hear and converse with the master.[3] Soon both youths forgot all about Beirut and Roman law, and gave themselves up to the great Christian teacher, who gradually won them over to Christianity.


Saint Macrina the Elder (before 270 – c. 340) was the mother of Saint Basil the Elder, and the grandmother of Basil the GreatSaint Gregory of NyssaSaint Peter of Sebaste, and Saint Macrina the Younger.[1]

Little is known about this saint. The works of Basil indicate that she studied under Gregory Thaumaturgus, and that it was his teachings handed down through Macrina to Basil and Gregory, that were particularly formative for the two Cappadocian brothers.[2]

Her home was at Neocaesarea in Pontus and during the persecution of Christians under Galerius and Diocletian, Macrina supposedly fled with her husband to the shores of the Black Sea.[2]

She was widowed and is the patron of widows and the patron against poverty. Her feast is celebrated on 14 January. She is said to have died in the early 340s AD.[3]


Basil of Caesarea, also called Saint Basil the Great (Greek: Ἅγιος Βασίλειος ὁ Μέγας, Ágios Basíleios o Mégas; 329 or 330[6] – January 1 or 2, 379), was the Greek bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in CappadociaAsia Minor (modern-dayTurkey). He was an influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church, fighting against both Arianism and the followers of Apollinaris of Laodicea. His ability to balance his theological convictions with his political connections made Basil a powerful advocate for the Nicene position.

In addition to his work as a theologian, Basil was known for his care of the poor and underprivileged. Basil established guidelines for monastic life which focus on community life, liturgical prayer, and manual labour. Together with Pachomius, he is remembered as a father of communal monasticism in Eastern Christianity. He is considered a saint by the traditions of both Eastern and Western Christianity.

Basil, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa are collectively referred to as the Cappadocian Fathers. The Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches have given him, together with Gregory of Nazianzus and John Chrysostom, the title of Great Hierarch

He is recognised as a Doctor of the Church in the Roman Catholic Church. He is sometimes referred to by the epithet „Ουρανοφαντωρ” (Ouranofantor), „revealer of heavenly mysteries”.[7]


Gregory of Nyssa, also known as Gregory Nyssen (Greek: Γρηγόριος Νύσσης; c. 335 – c. 395), was bishop of Nyssafrom 372 to 376 and from 378 until his death. He is venerated as a saint in 

Roman Catholicism

Eastern Orthodoxy,

Oriental Orthodoxy

Lutheranism, and 


Gregory, his elder brother Basil of Caesarea, and their friend Gregory of Nazianzus are collectively known as the Cappadocian Fathers.

Gregory lacked the administrative ability of his brother Basil or the contemporary influence of Gregory of Nazianzus, but he was an erudite theologian who made significant contributions to the doctrine of the Trinity and the Nicene Creed. Gregory’s philosophical writings were influenced by Origen. Since the mid-twentieth century, there has been a significant increase in interest in Gregory’s works from the academic community, particularly involving universal salvation, which has resulted in challenges to many traditional interpretations of his theology.