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Monshu / Gate Keeper

China mén zhǔ
Japan monshu
Monshu / Gate Keeper Vertical Wall Scroll

In modern Japanese, 門主 is the title of a head priest of temple or monastery.

This can also refer to the spiritual leader of the sect and/or direct descendant of its founder.
In the past, this could refer to the founder of a Buddhist sect.

The literal meaning of 門主 is gatekeeper or keeper of the gate.

When I look in the Chinese Buddhist dictionary, this entry comes up as, the controller of a gate, or sect. However, this term is not commonly used in Chinese.

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Mandarin mén zhǔ / men2 zhu3
Taiwan men chu
Japanese monshu / もんしゅ
Japanese head priest of temple formerly led by founder of sect
gate keeper



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Mandarin mén shǒu / men2 shou3
Taiwan men shou
Japanese monshu
Chinese doorway; gate; entrance
門主 The controller of a gate, or sect; gate keeper


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Mandarin wén shū bō rě / wen2 shu1 bo1 re3
Taiwan wen shu po je
Japanese Monshu hannya
Mañjuśrī Prajñāpāramitā

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Gate Keeper
monshumén zhǔ / men2 zhu3 / men zhu / menzhumen chu / menchu
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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