Treatise on the Lamp for the Latter Day of the Law, The ［末法燈明記］ ( Mappō-tōmyō-ki): A work traditionally attributed to Dengyō (767–822), the founder of the Japanese Tendai school, though his authorship is doubtful. It is dated 801. First it clarifies the three periods of the Former Day, Middle Day, and Latter Day of the Law based on the Wise Kalpa Sutra, the Nirvana Sutra, and the Great Collection Sutra. It asserts that, at the time of its composition, the Middle Day is nearing an end. Also, in the ensuing Latter Day, though Shakyamuni’s Buddhism will remain, there will be neither practice of its teachings nor proof (enlightenment) accruing from it. Moreover, it states that in the Latter Day no one will observe the precepts. Therefore, even a priest who does not observe precepts should be revered as a teacher of the people. This writing greatly influenced the Japanese Buddhist teachers of the Kamakura period (1185–1333).