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Monzeki (門跡) were Japanese Buddhist priests of aristocratic or imperial lineage.[1] The term was also applied to the temples in which they lived.[2]

An example of a monzeki temple is Daikaku-ji in Kyoto.


  1. ^ Conlan, Thomas (2011). From Sovereign to Symbol:An Age of Ritual Determinism in Fourteenth Century Japan. Oxford University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-19-977810-2. 
  2. ^ Adolphson, Mikael (2000). The Gates of Power: Monks, Courtiers, and Warriors in Premodern Japan. University of Hawai'i Press. p. 71. ISBN 0-8248-2263-3.