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Shugendō

Shugendō. Japanese Buddhist mountain devotion. The sect was founded by En-no-Ozunu (born c.635 CE), hence it is also known as En-no-gyōja. From the age of 32, he devoted himself for thirty years to esoteric Buddhism on Mount Katsuragi until he attained miraculous powers. He developed ascetic mountain Buddhism by teaching ways of entering into the strength of mountains. He was exiled in 699, pardoned two years later, and died shortly after. Mountain Buddhists develop esoteric powers, and are known as yamabushi or shugenja.

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