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Tendai Shū
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one of the major Buddhist denominations of Japan. The Chinese precursor of the Tendai Shū, the Tiantai zong, was founded in the 6th century by Zhiyi (538–597) on Mount Tiantai. With no immediate precursors in any Indian school of thought, it stands out as a decidedly Chinese interpretation of Mahāyāna Buddhism, with its culmination in the Saddharma-puṇḍarīka-sūtra (Lotus-Sūtra). In its ontology, metaphysics, and logic, it is based extensively on Mādhyamika philosophy, interpreted unconventionally. The teachings of Tiantai were introduc…

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Kleine, Christoph, “Tendai Shū”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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