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Daikaku-ji (大覚寺, Daikaku-ji, "Temple of Great Enlightenment") is a Japanese Buddhist temple in Kyoto.[1]

History[change | change source]

The earliest structures were built in the early Heian period as a villa of Emperor Saga (785-842). Osawa pond, the artificial lake in the Japanese garden, was created in Saga's lifetime.[2]

After Saga's death, a Buddhist temple complex was established at the site. Imperial princes were often appointed as abbot of the temple.

In the 14th century, the temple came to be associated with the Kameyama branch of the Imperial family.[3]

Timeline[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Richie, Donald. (1995). Daikaku-ji, The Temples of Kyoto, pp. 60-63.
  2. Young, David et al. (2005). The Art of the Japanese Garden, p. 72
  3. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1966). Kyoto: the Old Capital of Japan (794-1869), p. 135.
  4. Ponsonby-Fane, p. 136; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 237.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Richie, p. 62.

Other websites[change | change source]

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