Shingon Risshu

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The Shingon-risshū (真言律宗, "The Shingon-Vinaya school") is a comparatively small medieval sect of Buddhism in Japan that arose in the Kamakura period as an offshoot of Shingon Buddhism. Its founder was a monk named Eison (叡尊 1201-1290), a disciple of Jōkei, and carried further by Eison's disciple Ninshō (忍性 1217-1303).

Shingon Risshū is marked by a greater emphasis on the vinaya than traditional Shingon Buddhism while still adhering to tantric practices. Its home temple is Saidai-ji.


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