Fa-yün ［法雲］ (PY Fayun; Hōun): (1) (467–529) A priest revered as one of the three great Dharma teachers of China’s Liang dynasty, the others being Chih-tsang and Seng-min. He joined the priesthood in 473 and studied under Seng-yin. He gained renown with his lectures on the Lotus Sutra and the Vimalakīrti Sutra in 496, and in 508 Emperor Wu appointed him chief priest of Kuang-che-ssu temple. The emperor often invited him to lecture at court. Emperor Wu built Fa-yün-ssu temple for him in 519, and in 525 Fa-yün was appointed general administrator of priests, the highest rank in the priesthood. He also wrote a commentary on the Lotus Sutra titled The Meaning of the Lotus Sutra.
(2) (1087–1158) A priest of China who compiled A Dictionary of the Pronunciation and Meaning of Buddhist Terms, a Sanskrit–Chinese Buddhist dictionary, in 1143. He is said to have spent some twenty years compiling the text. He also lectured on the Lotus, Golden Light, Nirvana, and Vimalakīrti sutras.