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(daitoku ji)

Daitoku-ji is a Zen temple complex located in the northern part of Kyoto, Japan. It was founded in 1319 by the Zen priest Shuho Myocho, who was a disciple of the famous Zen master Dogen. The complex consists of 23 sub-temples, each with its own unique architectural style and history. Daitoku-ji is considered to be one of the most important Zen temples in Japan, and it has played an important role in the development of Zen Buddhism.

The history of Daitoku-ji dates back to the early 14th century, when it was founded by Shuho Myocho. At that time, the area was sparsely populated and covered in forests, making it an ideal location for a temple complex. Over the years, the complex grew in size and importance, attracting many influential Zen monks and scholars.

During the 16th century, Daitoku-ji became a center of political power and was frequently visited by powerful samurai lords. The temple complex was also the site of many important cultural events, including tea ceremonies and poetry readings. Many famous Japanese cultural figures, such as the tea master Sen no Rikyu, were associated with Daitoku-ji.

Daitoku-ji suffered significant damage during World War II, but it was later restored and continues to be an important cultural and spiritual center in Japan. Today, visitors can explore the temple complex and its sub-temples, which feature beautiful gardens, traditional architecture, and important cultural artifacts.

Some of the most famous sub-temples of Daitoku-ji include Daisen-in, which features a stunning rock garden and tea house, and Ryogen-in, which is known for its beautiful sliding doors painted by the artist Kano Tan’yu. Other notable sub-temples include Zuiho-in, Koto-in, and Shinju-an.

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