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Saicho


Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


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[ xxi ] (767–822), posthumously known as Dengyo Daishi, was the priestly founder of the T endai sect. [23: 258–9] He was born into the Miura family in Shiga prefecture. He entered the cloister at the age of 12, later built a small place of worship on Mt Hiei overlooking Lake Biwa, and took the vows in 786. Selected by the emperor to go to China, he went in the mission of 804, and travelled and studied on Mt T' ien-t'ai. Returning to Japan the following year, he preached Tendai doctrines which, through his Kegon training ( see N anto rokushu ), were designed to introduce the B uddha -nature to the ordinary man. His efforts to strengthen the Mt Hiei temple were thwarted by the Nara clergy, but it received the name of Enryaku-ji and the right to perform ordinations after his death. He was given his posthumous name in 866. [17] ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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