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The earliest Japanese monk to spread the practice of the nembutsu.or oral invocation of the name of Amitābha Buddha.among the common people. Widely admired for his devotion to the practice and his willingness to live outside the élite circles within Buddhist temples, he became the precursor of an entire class of religious wanderers called nembutsu hijiri.or ‘wandering sages of the nembutsu’.

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