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Monk Jigen Daishi Tenkai(1536-1643 AD)




Monk Jigen Daishi is a High Priest during the early Edo period.   He belonged to the Tendai sect.  He was appointed the Head Priest of the Tendai Sect in 1613 and headed up the Enryakuji Temple complex in Mt. Hiei (Hieizan).  He was also known as Tenkai and a man of great wisdom and intellect.


He is one of the confidants of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was the first Shogun of the Tokugawa family.  He is known as the restorer of the Tendai sect temples and the temples in Nikko.  After the death of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, in 1617 he founded Toshogu Shrine based upon the sacred principles of Shintoism. 


In addition to restoring the temples in Nikko, he was the head priest of the Rinnoji Temple and responsible for building Sorinto pillar in Rinnoji Temple precincts, in the same tradition as the Sorinto pillar at the Mt. Hiei temple complex.

The Japanese version of Tripitaka (original teachings of the Sakyamuni Buddha, written originally in Pali language in India, translated to Chinese later) was created under the guidance of Monk Jigen Daishi in 1630.  This Japanese version of Tripitaka is known as Daizokyo.
 

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