1703 & 1705: The Myōan-ji c/o Kōkoku-ji relationship
本寺証文 - HONJI SHŌMON
"Parent Temple Confirmation" (from Kōkoku-ji to Kyōto Myōan-ji)
"Parent Temple Confirmation.
This is a clarification [or, confirmation] that the Kyōto Daibutsu Myōan Temple is [now] a branch [or, sub] temple of this temple.
In order for the future the certificate is therefore thus [written].
The 2nd year of Hōei, Year of the Bird , the 12th lunar month, 3rd day.
Gakkō - chief administrator of the Kōkoku Temple.
To the Myōan Temple.
In 1703 the chief administrator of the Kyōto Myōan Temple, named Gyokudō,
wrote a letter of petition, dated the 27th day of the 9th month in that year,
to the then abbot, named Bairyū,
of the Kōkoku Temple in Yura, present Wakayama Prefecture.
Gyokudō argued for the Myōan-ji to be accepted as a sub temple of the Kōkoku-ji,
but more than two years should pass before the Kōkoku Temple finally confirmed the new "mother-child" temple relationship.
Source: Nakatsuka, 1979, pp. 254-260.
Trsl. by T.O., 2012.