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Shintao, the "Way of Shinsei", [1] was the study of the Tao of Shinsei. [2] Shintao focused on meditation, tended to be more contemplative and isolated than others, and one of their favorite teaching tools was the koan. [3]

First Temple Edit

In the year 61 the Emperor Hantei Genji ordered construction of the Shrine of Discussion, the first temple of an intertwined official religion which he calls Shintao. The Emperor used this event to entreat the clans to spread the new sanctioned religion of the Empire among all their people. [4]

Divergences Edit

A divergence within the Brotherhood of Shinsei in interpreting the Tao, led to two primary philosophical views, the ascetic and the Worldly Shintao. [5]


  1. Player's Guide: 2nd Ed, p. 197
  2. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 70
  3. Secrets of the Empire, p. 164
  4. Imperial Histories 2, p. 34
  5. Emerald Empire; Fourth Edition, p. 189

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