Eso (慧聡)

Eso (date of birth and death unknown) was a Buddhist priest who came from Baekje in the Aska period.

In 595, he came to Japan to spread Buddhism. When Hoko-ji Temple (SOGA no Zentoku was the chief priest and it is now known as Asuka-dera Temple Ango-in) was built in 596, Eso lived there with Eji who came from Goguryeo and was addressed as one of the leaders of Three Treasures of Buddhism. According to "Sangoku Buppo Denzu Engi", Eso was a scholar as well as a priest of the Sanron Sect (one of the Nanto Rokushu) and taught Buddhism to Prince Umayado.

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