Bodong E monastery, (towards) Shigatse, Xizang, CN

Raw data

“[T]he monastery Bodong E (bo dong e), which had been founded in 1049 by the Kadampa Geshe Mudrapachenpo (mu dra pa chen po). What teachings were current there is difficult to know, save that in the 12th century Kodrakpa Sonam Gyaltsan (ko brag pa bsod nams rgyal mtshan, 1182-1261) invited the Nepali yogin Vibhuticandra to Tibet and received from him a new transmission of the Sadangayoga practice of the Kalacakra.”

“The monastery of Bodong E was established in AD 1049 by Mudra Chenpo - a Kadampa master. It was one of the earliest monasteries of Tibet. […] Main Temple of Bodong E Monastery in U-Tsang, Tibet”

“The seat of this order was Bo Dong monastery, located to the west of Shigalse and established in 1042, just before the arrival of Atisha in 1054. It was regarded as a great center of learning
during the early period of the Second Propagation." pp. 311 The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art;; John C. Huntington, Dina Bangdel, Columbus Museum of Art - 2003.

“Das Kloster Bodong E (tib. bo dong e[1]) oder Bodong Gönpa wurde von Kadampa Geshe Mudra Chenpo (bka' dams pa dge bshes mu tra chen po) 1049 gegründet. […] Es liegt westlich von Xigazê (Shigatse) und östlich von Phüntshogling (chin. Pengcuoling 彭措岭 oder Pengcuolin 彭措林)" -

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Podong Er, a monastery in Tsang province famous for the quality of its teaching -

Bodong E - Latitude: 29.3; Longitude: 88.2 -
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 25, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 25 Mar 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Bodong E monastery, CN.

General location of the Bodong E monastery, CN.
Lat 29.27682 Long 88.07872
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=29.27682,88.07872&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.27682 Long 88.07872 - based on visual identification of the monastic site (e.g. a row of chortens to the SW of the complex of buildings) that might correspond to the elusive Bodong E, in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 25 Mar 2013. The coordinates (Lat 29.3 Long 88.2) suggested by the THL for Bodong E in are approximate (and possibly misleading).

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

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Bodong
  • Kadam

11. Date-early

  • Founded in 1049 by the Kadampa Geshe Mudrapachenpo (mu dra pa chen po) [ven.mudrapachenpo] -
  • Established in 1042 - Huntington, Bangdel, Columbus Museum of Art, 2003:311 []
  • MBM chrono-tag 1033-66c - tmciolek 25 Mar 2013
  • 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 25 Mar 2013

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

  • "[A] great center of learning during the early period of the Second Propagation" - Huntington, Bangdel, Columbus Museum of Art, 2003:311 []
  • Podong Er, a monastery in Tsang province famous for the quality of its teaching" -

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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