Definition of Tendai
: a Japanese Buddhist sect founded in the 9th century a.d. by Dengyo Daishi that is the doctrinal equivalent of the Chinese T'ien T'ai sect
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Origin and Etymology of tendai
Japanese, from Chinese (Pekingese) t'ien1 t'ai2 t'ien t'ai, from T'ien1 T'ai2, mountain in Chekiang province, eastern China, where the doctrine was first formulated
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