Mahayana ordination platform ［大乗戒壇］ ( daijō-kaidan): Also, Mahayana ordination hall or Mahayana ordination center. A place for conducting the ceremony conferring the Mahayana precepts. The first Mahayana ordination platform built in Japan was the one at Enryaku-ji temple on Mount Hiei. Before that, priests had been ordained exclusively in the Hinayana precepts. Dengyō, the founder of the Japanese Tendai school, repeatedly sought imperial permission to establish a Mahayana ordination center at Mount Hiei over the objections of the Buddhist schools based at Nara. Permission was finally granted in 822 seven days after Dengyō’s death, and a building housing the Mahayana ordination platform was erected there in 827.