Chinkai (珍海)

Chinkai (1091 - December 20, 1152) was a learned priest pursuing his studies and also an artist monk of the late Heian period. His father was a painter, FUJIWARA (KASUGA) no Motomitsu.

He learnt San-lun Teachings at Todai-ji Temple and Inmyo (logic of Buddhism) at Daigo-ji Temple and he also had knowledge of the Jodo sect of Buddhism. He was a superior painter, taking the talent of his father, who was a painter, and there are 'Shotenzuzo' in the possession of To-ji Temple and 'Junitenzuzo' in the possession of Daigo-ji Temple. It is said that he restored 'Hokkedo Konpon Mandara' in 1147.

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