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Shingon shū (jap. 真言宗, literally: School of the true word, is meant: School of the Mantra) is one of Kūkai (空海, 774 - 835) - called Kōbō Daishi (弘法大師, large master that Training spreading) - in the year 807 created school of the Japanese Buddhism , after it had been sent by emperor Kammu into the Empire of China and had studied some years there. This Form of the Buddhism is general in Japan as Mikkyo admits, what “secret teachings” or “secret Buddhism” means.
It has its roots in the Chinese Mizong (密宗, Esoteric school) or Zhenyan and/or. Sanskrit Vajrayana or Tantra and ranks among the most important directions of the Buddhism in Japan.
To their Characteristics count:
Historically Buddha Siddhartha Gautama admitted of Vairocana beside that the admiration of the cosmic Buddha ( Adibuddha)
also in Japan as particularly complicate valid training building
and the frequent use of Mantras, as „Mental keys “outstanding syllables, during the Meditation.
Hauptsutren are Dainichi kyo and Kongocho gyo, in which first systematics of teachings and practice of the Mikkyo are summarized.
In the west as the west often as “Tantra” did not designate, but so the actual term of the Tantra really or at least not completely meeting become known practices are unknown in the Japanese Shingon.
A center is the Koyasan, a mountain with a temple city in the prefecture Wakayama.