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(alternative reading: Yōsai; 1141–1215; also known as Myōan, Yōjōbō or Senkō Soshi; clan name Kaya), introduced the Rinzai form of Chan-Buddhism (Zen Buddhism) into Japan in 1191, after having been trained in China in 1168 and from 1187 to 1191. On his second visit, his attempt to reach India failed. Instead, he chose to dwell on Mt. Tiantai (Zhejiang province), the model of the monastery complex of the Japanese Tendai school (Tendai Shū) on Hieizan, where he had received his basic training. In China, he was also instructed in the Chan/Zen practices o…

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Astley, Ian, “Eisai”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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