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Jitchū (実忠) (?-824) was a Buddhist monk in Nara Japan of the Kegon sect, and pupil of Roben. In his later years, Jitchu oversaw the expansion of Tōdai-ji temple, and introduced liturgy and rituals still used today. The most noteworthy of these ceremonies is the Shuni-e repentance ceremony established by Jitchu at the request of Empress Kōmyō, wife of Emperor Shomu, who hoped to heal the ailing Emperor.


  • Adolphson, Mikael; Kamens, Edward; Matsumoto, Stacie, eds. (2007). Heian Japan, Centers And Peripheries. University of Hawaii Press. p. 162. ISBN 0-8248-3013-X.
  • 実忠 [ja], Retrieved 2009-06-13