Shinshō (Shingon)

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This article is about the 9th century monk. For the 12th-13th century Tendai monk, see Shinshō (Tendai).

Shinshō (真紹) (797–873) was a Japanese Buddhist monk of the Shingon sect and founder of the Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji in Heian-kyō (modern Kyoto).

He studied Vajrayana - or Esoteric - buddhism under Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi) at the Tō-ji and became the third master of Shingon in 843. Rising to a higher position in the Tō-ji in 847, he then founded the Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji in 853.


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