A full translation of the most important histories and biographies that describe the achievements of Gyōki are listed here in chronological order.
On the second day of the second month in 749, the senior primary prelate, Gyōki, passed away. He had been a Buddhist monk of Yakushi temple. Gyōki originally was from Izumi Province and his surname before ordination had been Koshi. Gyōki was naturally endowed with virtue and wisdom, so when he studied the consciousness-only doctrine of the Yogācāra school, he immediately penetrated its content. Afterwards, he traveled around the province and instructed people about the teaching of the Buddha. More than one thousand monks and lay people followed him wherever he went. When people heard that Gyōki was going to be passing by, the streets became congested with people who hoped to get a glimpse of the Buddhist monk. Gyōki led each person to the path of enlightenment according to his or her capacity. He also took his disciples to various treacherous spots where they built dikes and bridges. Those who heard about Gyōki's activities joined him, so the facilities were completed in a very short time. The local farmers are benefiting from the facilities that Gyōki constructed to this very day.
Emperor Shōmu, who deeply revered Gyōki, issued and imperial edict to award him the title of senior primary prelate. Nine hundred monks were also ordained on this occasion. People called Gyōki “bodhisattva”, because of his miraculous powers.
Gyōki was constantly on the road, and wherever he stopped, he erected temples and practice halls. Within the inner provinces alone,