Saidai-ji (西大寺?) or the "Great Western Temple" is a Buddhist temple that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, in the city of Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The temple was established in AD 765 as a counterpart to Tōdai-ji and it is the main temple of the Shingon Risshu (真言律宗) sect of Buddhism after the sect's founder, Eison, took over administration in 1238.
- Main Hall (hondō) - Important Cultural Property. It was rebuilt in 1808.
- Shiō-dō - It was rebuilt in 1674.
- Aizen-dō - It was reconstructed in 1762.
- Nanto Shichi Daiji, Seven Great Temples of Nanto.
- Thirteen Buddhist Sites of Yamato
- For an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhist art, and Japanese Buddhist temple architecture, see the Glossary of Japanese Buddhism.
- List of National Treasures of Japan (paintings)
- List of National Treasures of Japan (writings)
- List of National Treasures of Japan (sculptures)
- List of National Treasures of Japan (crafts-others)
- "Saidai-ji Temple Homepage" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-02-05.
- Watt, Paul B. (March 8, 1999). "Chapter 7: Eison and the Shingon Vinaya Sect". In Tanabe, George. Religions of Japan in Practice. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-05789-3.
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