Baoguang monastery, (in) Xindu, Sichuan, CN

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Baoguang Si (Monastery of Divine Light)
Baoguang Si, in the north of Xindu County, is an active Buddhist temple. It comprises five halls and 16 courtyards, surrounded by bamboo. Pilgrims, monks and tourists head for Xindu, which makes for a lively atmosphere and attracts a fine line-up of hawkers.
Founded in the 9th century, the temple was subsequently destroyed before being reconstructed in the 17th century. Among the monastery treasures are a white jade Buddha from Myanmar (Burma), Ming and Qing paintings and calligraphy, a stone tablet engraved with 1000 Buddhist figures (AD 540) and ceremonial musical instruments.

"Bao Guang Monastery, located in Bao Guang street north of Xin Du Country, occupying an area of 100 000 sq.m including 30 000 sq.m constructing area, is a Buddhism zen monastery with a long history, grand dimension , complete construction and numerous cultural relic. […] The stele of Tang dynasty unearthed in 1996 indicates that it was named as Bao Guang Monastery in 741. In January, 881, Huang Chao insurrectionary breached Chang'an, Xi-zong Li Xuan escaped to Shu and once stop over in Bao Guang Monastery and greeted hierarch Zhi Xuan to live here, reconstructed Bao Guang Monastery, Pagoda. In 1109, the 11th founder of Lin Ji Zong preached here for thousands of people. The monastery is broken in Yuan dynasty. In Ming dynasty it was reconstructed sponsored by Yang Ting-he and Yang Sheng-yan and turned to be majestic again.
  In the end of Ming dynasty and the begin of Qing dynasty, Bao Guang Monastery was destroyed in the war flame. In 1670, the 35th founder of Lin Ji Zong Buddhist monk—Yin Mi reconstructed the Bao Guang Monastery. Through the reconstruction from Kang Xi to Guang Xu, Bao Guang Monastery was listed as Chengdu “Four Jing Lan” with Wen Shu Yuan, Shao Jue Monastery and Cao Tang Monastery and as Yangtze River's “Four Jungle” with Chengdu Wen Shu Yuan, Zhenjiang Jin Shan Monastery and Yangzhou Gao Wen Monastery."

"Baoguang Monastery
Located in Xindu District, Baoguang (meaning divine light) Monastery enjoys a long history and a rich collection of relics. It is believed that it was constructed during the East Han period and has appeared in written records since the Tang Dynasty. It was destroyed during the Ming Dynasty in the early 16th century. In 1607, during the ninth-year reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty, it was rebuilt."
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Input by: tmciolek, Aug 18, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 25 Dec 2012

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Baoguang Si monastery, CN.

General location of the Baoguang Si monastery, CN.
Lat 30.834 Long 104.1581
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=30.834,104.1581&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Sichuan Sheng.

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 30.834 Long 104.1581 - based on the visual recognition of the monastery' site in maps, - tmciolek, 18 Mar 2010.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0733-66c - tmciolek 25 Dec 2012
  • MBM chrono-tag 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag 1167-99c - tmciolek 25 Dec 2012

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 25 Dec 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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