2019 年 110 巻 p. 1-13
Asai-Ryōi (?-1691) is well known for his kana-zōshi novels, but he is little known as a Shin Buddhist priest of the Ōtani School who wrote several popular religious books. As I pointed out in my study of Kan-muryōju-kyō-kusui, he heavily depended on Jōdo Buddhist texts for his religious writings. In this article I make bibliographical survey on Muryōju-kyō-kusui, another religious book by the same author. As is shown here, it borrows not only from Jōdo Buddhist texts such as Shōsō’s Daikyō-jikidan-yōchū-ki but also from the Chinese Buddhist texts Kigen-jikishi and Hōon-jurin. The collation of the book with Kūzei’s Shijūhachigan-shuteki-jikidan reveals its unauthorized use of Shin Buddhist teachings. Indeed he acknowledged quotations from them only twice in his whole works. Such avoidance of acknowledgement of his debt to Shin Buddhism obviously affects his style of writing religious texts.