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One of the masterpieces of Ryōbu Shintō, this work contains fourteen volumes of text, and four volumes of figures. Kūkai (the founder of the Shingon sect of Budhism) is commonly believed the author, but it is also said that the text was conveyed by the dragon kami of Shinsen'en. Still others claim that it is a collaboration by Enno Gyōjya (Enno Osunu), Kūkai, Saichō, and Emperor Daigo. Of course, these stories are the inventions of later generations, and most scholars believe that the Reiki ki was written by Shingon priests in contact with Ise Shintō in the middle to late Kamakura period. The content of the Reiki ki is a collection of interpretations, based upon esoteric Shingon Buddhism, of the spirits and kami (known as chinza and saishin, respectively) which are enshrined at the Grande Shrines of Ise (Ise Jungū). This book deeply influenced later generations and it provides the essential theory for Reiki consecration (kanjyō). Together with the Nihon shoki, the Reiki ki is considered to be one of the foundational texts of Ryōbu Shintō. Many commentaries have been written on this work such as the Reiki seisakushō, Ryōhen's Reiki monsho, and Shōge's Reiki ki shishō and Reiki ki shūishō. A book that is closely related to it, the Tenchi reiki furoku, was thought to have been written by Emperor Daigo. The Reiki ki is included in the Kōbōdaishi zenshū, vol. 5; Zoku gunsho ruijyū, Jingi; the Takayamaji tenseki bunsho no kenkyū (1980, Tokyo University Press); and Shintō Taikei, Shingon Shintō, vol. 1.

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