Rishi was the Rokugani word which designated those monks above initiates in the hierarchy of a monastery. They wore a black over-robe to show their status. [1] [2] They were traditionally samurai who had only been in the monastery for a few years. [3] They used to instruct small groups of monks in Shinsei Sutras. [4]


  1. Way of the Phoenix, p. 118
  2. Way of Shinsei, p. 21
  3. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, p. 81
  4. Way of Shinsei, p. 22

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