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.
Kimura-Mokurō, a chief retainer of the Takamatsu domain, was such an avid book collector that Kyokutei-Bakin admiringly wrote about his mania for collecting rare books. Miyogo Kimura and Masayuki Kanda have made known the existence of a catalog of his library, “Sanhan-mokurō-Kimura-shi-zōsho-mokuroku” which is reprinted in Seiyūdō-sōsho edited by Nabeta-Sanzen. But it is far from perfect because it lists just the items he had collected since he came up to Edo. In the Tawa Library of Kagawa Prefecture, however, there is another catalog of his library titled Takamatsu-ke-rōshin-Kimura-Wataru-shozō-shoseki-mokuroku-zanketsu. Although it is mentioned in Kagawa-ken-shi and other local documents, it has not been sufficiently studied. While verifying its authenticity through an analysis of handwriting, this article examines the catalog to identify the sourcebooks of Kimura’s works and elucidate his cultural background. The catalog is excellent enough to be utilized as a sort of search engine for his collection.