|Denomination||Shingon (Murō-ji branch)|
|Address||1684 Haibara Akabane, Uda, Nara Prefecture|
According to an official letter dated to 946, Butsuryū-ji was founded in 850 by Kenne (堅恵?), disciple of Kukai, under the patronage of Okitsugu; upon Kenne's death, Shinsei and Kanshin succeeded him. An inscription on the temple bell of 863 similarly celebrates the temple's foundation by Kenne. Only a fragment of the bell now survives, preserved at the temple; the inscription is known from copies, including a fourteenth-century version now housed at Kanazawa Bunko. A Map of Mount Murō (宀一山図?) in the same collection, dating to 1314, locates Kenne's grave at the temple; it is generally identified with Butsuryū-ji's unusual stone chamber with pyramidal roof. Although the present buildings are more recent, a statue of Kenne still stands beside those of Kukai and Jūichimen Kannon on the altar.
Since both Butsuryū-ji and Murō-ji could be referred to as Mount Murō, it appears that the two were sometimes confused or conflated: an early eighteenth-century encyclopaedia refers to the former as Nyonin Kōya or "Kōyasan for Women", an appellation usually reserved for the latter, referring to the ban on female visitation, relaxed in 1872. A stone marker on the road to Butsuryū-ji still proclaims "Mount Murō Nyonin Kōya".
- Stone chamber, dated to the ninth century or late Heian period (Important Cultural Property)
- Nine-hundred-year-old cherry tree (Prefectural Natural Monument)
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- List of Important Cultural Properties of Japan (Heian period: structures)
- Murō-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park
- Fowler, Sherry D. (2005). Murō-ji: Rearranging Art and History at a Japanese Buddhist Temple. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 55–59, 224–7. ISBN 0-8248-2792-9.
- Fowler, Sherry D. (2005). Murō-ji: Rearranging Art and History at a Japanese Buddhist Temple. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 66–74. ISBN 0-8248-2792-9.
- 佛隆寺石室 [Butsuryūji Stone Chamber] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- 国指定文化財 [Nationally-designated Cultural Properties] (in Japanese). Uda City. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "Yamanobe-no-Michi, Hase and Murou Area". Nara Prefecture. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- 県指定文化財 [Prefecturally-designated Cultural Properties] (in Japanese). Uda City. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- 奈良県指定文化財一覧 [List of Prefecturally designated Cultural Properties (Nara Prefecture)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Nara Prefecture. Retrieved 21 May 2012.