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Daishi (大師) is a Japanese word which means great and/or silent master. It was also used as an honorary title given by the Japanese Imperial Court. The closest English translation for the word in this case would be a "great teacher." Two well known recipients are Kūkai (or Kōbō Daishi) and Saichō (or Dengyō Daishi), the founders of the Shingon and Tendai Buddhist sects, respectively. Painting of Kukai (774-835). ... Saichō (最澄, 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. ... Located in Kyoto, Japan, Daigoji is the head temple of the Ono branch of Shingon. ... Tendai (Japanese: 天台宗, Tendai-shÅ«) is a Japanese school of Vajrayana Buddhism, a descendant of the Chinese Tiantai or Lotus Sutra school. ... Buddhism (more correctly Pali Buddhadhamma or Sanskrit Buddhadharma) is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE. Buddhism spread throughout the ancient Indian sub-continent in the five centuries...


Daishi in fiction

The BattleTech universe and its related MechWarrior game series have popularized the word Daishi as the Inner Sphere moniker for the Dire Wolf class OmniMech, albeit with the syllable shi in a different context, meaning "death" instead of "teacher." The Daishi is one of the most powerful Mech's in the game. No other Mech can carry equal firepower. It's only disadvantage is it's slow speeds and somewhat weak armor. 20 Year Anniversary of BattleTech logo. ... MechWarrior is the title of a number of games set in the fictional BattleTech universe, which started as a tabletop wargame. ...


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Daishi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (163 words)
Daishi (大師) is a Japanese word which means great and/or silent master.
The closest English translation for the word in this case would be a "great teacher." Two well known recipients are Kūkai (or Kōbō Daishi) and Saichō (or Dengyō Daishi), the founders of the Shingon and Tendai Buddhist sects, respectively.
The BattleTech universe and its related MechWarrior game series have popularized the word Daishi as the Inner Sphere moniker for the Dire Wolf class OmniMech, albeit with the syllable shi in a different context, meaning "death" instead of "teacher." The Daishi is one of the most powerful Mech's in the game.
Kobo Daishi (171 words)
Kobo Daishi studied esoteric Buddhism from the successors of the Tang-dynasty monk Bu Kong.
Renshaw and Ihara refer to the story that Kobo Daishi may have misheard the Samarkand word for 'Sunday, 'Meeruu', as 'secret day', with the result that Sunday continued to be called Mitsu (meaning 'esoteric' or 'secret') for a large part of Japan's history.
Kobo Daishi was concerned about a 'secret day' as the seven days of the week were important for astrological purposes.
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