Esoteric Buddhism

Definition

Esoteric Buddhism is the mystical interpretation and practice of the belief system founded by the Buddha (known as Sakyamuni Buddha, l. c. 563 - c. 483 BCE). It is known by several names and is characterized by a personal relationship with a spirit guide or deity who leads one to enlightenment.

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Timeline

  • 774 - 835
    Kukai (Kobo Daishi), founder of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism.
  • 804
    Kukai's initiation as 8th Patriarch of Esoteric Buddhism.
Membership