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[shin-gon, sheen-] /ˈʃɪn gɒn, ˈʃin-/
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "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.

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