- a Japanese form of syncretistic Buddhism founded in the 9th century by Kūkai (a.d. 774–835) and stressing the oral transmission of mystic formulas from master to disciple.
Origin of Shingon
1895–1900; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese zhēnyán truth(-speaking)
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Examples from the Web for shingon
"I perceive with regret that you are not of the Shingon sect," remarked the priest.The Dragon Painter
Mary McNeil Fenollosa
The Shingon sect in Japan depict benevolent deities in a raging form, Funnu.
In Shingon there is a whole series of doctrines and beliefs and practices; so in Zen, so in every other sect.Korean Buddhism
In one community, where there were two priests, one Tendai and the other Shingon, neither seemed to count for much.The Foundations of Japan
J.W. Robertson Scott
A friend has furnished me with some very curious and unfamiliar Shingon texts containing answers to the enigma.Exotics and Retrospectives