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Shingon sect (真言宗, しんごんしゅう)

A major Japanese esoteric Buddist school, with origins going back to the 3rd - 4th century C.E. The most famous shingon priest in Japan was the Sanskrit scholar and calligrapher Kūkai (空海, くうかい, 774 – 835), who together with Emperor Saga (嵯峨天皇, さがてんのう, 786 – 842) and Tachibana no Hayanari (橘逸勢, たちばな の はやなり, 782 - 842) were the famous “three brushes” (三筆, さんぴつ, sanpitsu) of the 9th century.

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