Ryōbu Shintō

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(Jap.). Also known as Ryōbu Shūgō Shintō, this was a form of Shintō that took in elements of Buddhist esoteric practice (see esoteric Buddhism) from the Shingon school. It came to identify the Inner and Outer Ise Shrines with the two maṇḍalas of the Shingon school, and also identified the kami enshrined within these shrines with the Buddhas of these maṇḍalas. These developments occurred in the larger context of honji-suijaku thought, in which kami were seen as local, provisional manifestations of eternal and universal Buddhas.

Subjects: Religion.

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