[shin-gon, sheen-]

noun Buddhism.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shingon

Historical Examples of 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

    Frederick Starr

  • 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.