Docho (道澄)

Docho (1544 - May 12, 1608) was a Buddhist priest in the Sengoku Period (Period of Warring States). Monzeki (head priest) of Shogoin Temple in Kyoto. A son of Kanpaku Dajodaijin (imperial regent and grand minister) Taneie KONOE. He called himself Shokoin or Jomanji no miya.

He entered the Buddhist priesthood with his uncle Dozo, Monzeki of Shogoin Temple, and he successively served as Chori (chief priest) of Onjo-ji Temple, Kumano Sanzan Kengyo (inspector of the three Kumano Shrines), Sojo (high-ranking Buddhist priest) and Jugo (honorary rank next to the three Empresses: Great Empress Dowager, Empress Dowager, and Empress). In 1560, he left the capital for Echigo Province following through on his promise with Kagetora NAGAO (also known as Kenshin UESUGI), and also accompanied Kagetora's dispatch troops to Kanto region in the following year. Later he formed friendships with Nobunaga ODA and Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI, and he was conversant in waka (a traditional Japanese poem of thirty-one syllables) and renga (linked verse).

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