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: 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

Word History


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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“Tendai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tendai. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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