Saidaiji monastery, (in) Nara, Nara Prefecture, JP

Raw data

"Saidai-ji (西大寺?) or the "Great Western Temple" is a Buddhist temple 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.[1]
One building, the Aizen-dō, houses a statue of Aizen Myō-ō, while the main image is of Shakyamuni Buddha, erected by Eison in 1249.[1] [….] 34.693889, 135.779167" -
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 24, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 24 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Saidaiji monastery, JP.

General location of the Saidaiji monastery, JP.
Lat 34.69343 Long 135.77940
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20JP)&ll=34.69343,135.77940&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Saidaiji monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Japan: Nara Prefecture

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 34.69343 Long 135.77940 - based on visual identification of the Saidaiji site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 24 Apr 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

  • Shiba-chō in Nara-shi (Nara city)

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

  • Nara city was formerly Heijô

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0733-66c - tmciolek 24 Apr 2013
  • 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 24 Apr 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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