Myōken

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Sudarśana
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Sanskritसुदर्शन
Sudarśana
सुदृष्टि
Sudṛṣṭi
Chinese(Traditional)
妙見菩薩
(Simplified)
妙见菩萨
(Pinyin: Miàojiàn Púsà)
尊星王
(Pinyin: Zūnxīng Wáng)
Japanese妙見菩薩みょうけんぼさつ
(romaji: Myōken Bosatsu)
尊星王そんせいおう
(romaji: Sonsei-Ō)
Korean묘견보살
(RR: Myogyeon Bosal)
존성왕
(RR: Jonseong Bosal)
VietnameseDiệu Kiến Bồ Tát
Tôn Tinh Vương
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Venerated byMahāyāna, Vajrayāna
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Myōken Bosatsu (Sanskrit: Sudrsti/Sudarśana, Japanese: 妙見菩薩) or Sonsei-Ō, is a bodhisattva (bosatsu), who is the deification of the North Star. It is mainly associated with the Nichiren, Shingon and Tendai temples.

As god of the Polestar, he was associated with Amenominakanushi-no-kami, but also Kisshōten (one of the Seven Lucky Gods), Yakushi Nyōrai (medicine god), and, less commonly, Amatsumikaboshi, a star god and spirit of rebellion who defied the gods of Takamagahara. Myōken has always been worshipped, under his association with Amatsumikaboshi, by the Heike, and among them the infamous first samurai, Taira no Masakado. Even today, he is still worshipped by the Sōma clan's lords and honorary generals, as part of the rituals of Sōma Nomaoi, founded by Masakado.

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