The Founder of Tendai Buddhism!
Saicho (a.k.a. Dengyo Daishi, 767 – 822) was a Japanese Buddhist monk credited?with founding the Tendai school in Japan, based around the Chinese Tiantai?tradition he was exposed to during his trip to China beginning in 804.
He founded the temple and headquarters of Tendai at Enryaku-ji on Mt. Hiei?near Kyoto. He is also said to have been the first to bring tea to Japan.
After his death, he was awarded the posthumous title of Dengyo Daishi.
The school that he established produced a lot of number of great historical monks. And especially, Tendai school was completed by his pupils after his death.
Head temple of Tendai Buddhism!
Enryaku-ji is the head temple of Tendai Buddhism at Mt. Hiei in Shiga, Japan.
It’s one of the largest temple. It’s the temple such as Buddhism university.
Because Enryaku-ji produced many famous monks (Ennin, Enchin, Genshin, Hounen,?Shinran, Eisai, Dougen, Nichiren).
Other main temples
Shoren-in, Kanei-ji, Chuson-ji, Rinnoh-ji, Jindai-ji, Onjou-ji, Saikyo-ji and so on…
Pilgrimage is still popular among temples related with Tendai and Shingon Buddhism (followers of any religions can join this pilgrimage).
Saigoku 33 palces, Bando 33 places and Chichibu 34 places (total 100 Kannon) are popular among followers.
Saigoku is the Kansai area (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Wakayama and Hyogo pref).
Bando is the Kanto area (Tokyo, Chiba, Ibaraki, Saitama and Kanagawa pref).
Chichibu is the northwest of Saitama, Chichibu chain of mountains.
These pilgrimage is mixed with Shingon and Tendai temples.