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WARNING: This is a work in progress. Contents of this wiki site will be developed, verified and iteratively improved upon for several long months. Any of the data pages and maps (esp. details of doctrinal affiliations, place names, dates, and geographical coordinates) may change suddenly, as well as change several times in short succession.

Therefore, this work should not be depended on in any manner for scholarly or popular purposes until the current label 'work in progress' is removed from this wiki site. - sg, tmc, lhp - Jan/Aug 2009.

Since Oct 2012 all monasteries listed in this database have been gradually chronoreferenced. See, for example, the tags "<=0200", "0200-32c", "0233-66p", etc., etc. This is, necessarily, a slow and lengthy task. It should be completed by the mid 2014. By late Jan 2014 about 80% of the catalogued monasteries have received appropriate chrono-tags. - tmciolek - 31 Jan 2014.

Welcome to the Mapping Buddhist Monasteries 200-1200 CE Project.

Est.: 23 Jan 2009. Last updated: 07 Mar 2014.

Duration of the project so far: 61 months.
Monasteries in the database: 869 (= 862 monasteries already catalogued and mapped + 7 newly catalogued monasteries yet to be mapped [i.e. added to the pages of the "Online Atlas A-Z"]).

The Project aims to

  • catalogue,
  • crosscheck, verify and interrelate, tag and annotate,
  • georeference
  • chronoreference and, finally,
  • map online (using KML markup & Google Maps technology)

details of (1) communication [= exchange of information], (2) contacts [= movement of monastic personnel], (3) affinities [= philosophical/doctrinal and artistic links] and (4) alliances [= political links] between as many as possible of the Buddhist monasteries and convents known to have operated in South Asia, SE Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia from approx. 200 CE till approx. 1200 CE.

Stewart Gordon,
T. Matthew Ciolek,
Lizbeth H. Piel &
Gita Gunatilleke.

Project's Timeline:
Monasteries georeferenced & mapped so far: Sep 2013 - 858; May 2013 - 834; Mar 2013 - 763; Dec 2012 - 686; Oct 2012 - 652; Apr 2012 - 551; Oct 2011 - 530; Feb 2011 - 513; Sep 2010 - 476; Mar 2010 - 327; Aug 2009 - 176 [start of the count].
Monasteries chronoreferenced so far: Jan 2014 - 80%; Sep 2013 - 70%; May 2013 - 58%; Mar 2013 - 42%; Dec 2012 - 14%; Oct 2012 [start of the count] - 3% of the monasteries on file.

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