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Author(s): Brian Ruppert
Research on the life of the Shingon monk Raiyu (頼 瑜; 1226–1304) has made great strides in the past two decades. Two collections of scholarly essays have been devoted specifically to this figure (Chisan Denbō’in, 2000; Chisan Kangakukai, 2005) and another voluminous set of studies was undertaken on the Shingi Shingon set of lineages (Sanha Gōdō Kinen Ronshū Iinkai, 2002), which Raiyu consolidated upon his departure from Mount Kōya (高野山) in 1288. As a leading scholar-monk ( gakuryo [學侶]) within the Shingon esoteric lineages of his day, Raiyu is known for having crystallize…