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Manju-ji (万寿寺) is a Rinzai Buddhist temple in Higashiyama-ku Kyoto, Japan.[1] Owing to the influence of the Ashikaga, Manju-ji was designated a Jissatsu temple for a time. At present, it is a sub-temple of Tōfuku-ji.[2] It is considered to be one of the so-called Kyoto Gozan or "five great Zen temples of Kyoto".


Manju-ji was founded in the middle Heian period (late 13th century).[3] In 1305, Nanpo Shōmyō (南浦紹明) (1235–1308) was appointed abbot of Manju-ji.[4]


An artistically noteworthy Amida figure is too large to be moved from Manju-ji for display elsewhere.[5] The temple holds a collection of esoteric Buddhist art which was traditionally used in teaching the salient points in the story of the life of Gautama Buddha.[6]

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  • Baroni, Helen Josephine. (2002). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism. New York: Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-8239-2240-6; OCLC 42680558
  • Dumoulin, Heinrich. (2005). Zen Buddhism: A History (Vol. II: Japan). Bloomington, Indiana: World Wisdom. ISBN 978-0-941532-90-7
  • Iwao, Seiichi, Teizō Iyanaga, Susumu Ishii, Shōichirō Yoshida, et al. (2002). Dictionnaire historique du Japon. Paris: Maisonneuve & Larose. ISBN 978-2-7068-1632-1; OCLC 51096469
  • Ponsonby-Fane, Richard Arthur Brabazon. (1956). Kyoto: The Old Capital of Japan, 794-1869. Kyoto: The Ponsonby Memorial Society.

Coordinates: 34°58′52″N 135°46′16″E / 34.981177°N 135.771164°E / 34.981177; 135.771164