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Mahayana ordination platform

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Mahayana ordination platform
大乗戒壇 (Jpn daijo-kaidan )

Also, Mahayana ordination hall or Mahayana ordination center.

A place for conducting the ceremony conferring the Mahayana precepts.

The first Mahayana ordination platform built in Japan was the one at Enryaku-ji temple on Mount Hiei.

Before that, priests had been ordained exclusively in the Hinayana precepts.

Dengyo, the founder of the Japanese Tendai school, repeatedly sought imperial permission to establish a Mahayana ordination center at Mount Hiei over the objections of the Buddhist schools based at Nara.

Permission was finally granted in 822 seven days after Dengyo's death, and a building housing the Mahayana ordination platform was erected there in 827.

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