Chekha monasteries, (near) Kungar, Xizang, CN

Raw data

“In 1141 or 1142 he [=Yeshe Dorje] founded the Chekha ('chad kha) Monastery in Meldro (mal gro) about seventy kilometers to the north-east of Lhasa, from which his epithet Chekhawa derived. The monastery housed about nine-hundred monks. The length of his tenure at the monastery is not clear; according to some records he served for thirty-four years until his death. Other sources have it that he left after eleven years, having established a new Chekha monastery. Today two Chekha monasteries exist in Meldro: a Chekha Nyingma and a Checkha Sarma, or "Old Chekha" and "New Chekha". Chekhawa is said to have spent much of the later part of his life in secluded practice in a place called Jadurmo (bya dur mo).
His last eight months were spent at a place called Tapur (mtha' phur) probably doing intense meditation. He passed into nirvana at the age of seventy-five in 1175, the wood-sheep year of the third sexagenary cycle.”

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 15, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 15 Mar 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Chekha monastery, CN.

General location of the Chekha monastery, CN.
Lat 29.82310 Long 91.78183
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Chekha monasteries

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.82310 Long 91.78183 - based on visual identification of the site of extensive ruins near the Qiaga (a Chinese language echo of the word "Chekha"?) village in maps/satellite imagery, The two monasteries in question, namely the Chekha Nyingma and a Checkha Sarma are assumed to be positioned somewhere towards this arbitrary reference point. - tmciolek, 15 Mar 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1133-66c - tmciolek 15 Mar 2013
  • 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 15 Mar 2013

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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18. Available Printed Literature

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