Daitoku-ji originated as a small monastery founded in 1315 or 1319 by the monk Shūhō Myōchō (宗峰妙超-1282–1337), who is known by the title Daitō Kokushi, or "National Teacher of the Great Lamp," that he was given by Emperor Go-Daigo. In 1325, the monastery was converted into a supplication hall for the imperial court at the request of the retired Emperor Hanazono. The dedication ceremony for the imperial supplication hall, with it's newly added dharma hall and abbot's living quarters, was held in 1326, and this is generally recognized as the true founding of the temple.
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Keywords:Buddhism, Daitoku-ji, Japan, Kyoto, Shūhō Myōchō, 大徳寺, 宗峰妙超