alternative words: St Gyoki, Saint Gyoki, Gyouki, Gyogi
keywords: buddhism, famous person, korea, priest
related topics: Nara period , Emperor Shomu
related web sites: http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~sg2h-ymst/gyouki.html , http://www.spi.ne.jp/~jgg4450/garyu-ii/index-i.htm , http://www.city.koga.ibaraki.jp/rekihaku/2001haru/p1.htm
explanation: Buddhist priest of Nara period. Born in 668 in a Paekche descent family of southern Osaka. After having studied Buddhism from Dosho and Gien at Yakushiji temple, he traveled through different provinces to preach Buddhism and helped peasants to build bridges and dikes. Initially persecuted for troubling peasants, he succeeded soon to indoctrinate Emperor Shomu and participated in building Todaiji temple. He would have drawn the oldest Japanese map (Gyoki zu). He died in 749.