Dirghabhavana monastery, (near) Hotan, Xinjiang, CN

Raw data

Dirghabhavana Samgharama. A monastery near Kustana [= Khotan]. Src: Eitel (1888:50)
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 27 2009

Hotan, China Page
Other names: Ho-tien-hsien, Ho-t'ien-chen, Khotan, Ho-t'ien
World:China:Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu
Latitude 37.0997 Longitude 79.9269
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 4, 2009

The Khotan area was under strong influence of the Mahayana tradition - Foltz (1999:39,48)

"The influence of Khotan was certainly considerable. A Tibetan text records how the king of Khotan converted the king of Kashgar to Buddhism (Emmerick, 1967, pp. 45ff.), but the Hinayana was mainly followed there, which suggests that its subsequent links were rather with the cities of the north. Such was the case also with Tumshuq [Toqquz-sarai monastery - tmciolek], whose Buddhist monastery is thought to date from the 4th or 5th century a.d. (Hambis, 1964, p. 43; Pelliot, 1923, p. 59). We know nothing of its history, but the style of its artistic remains shows strong links with Qızıl in the Kuca region." [Cited literature: R. E. Emmerick, Tibetan Texts Concerning Khotan, London, 1967. L. Hambis, “Asia: Central,” in Encyclopaedia of World Art I, cols. 815-38. P. Pelliot, review of A. von Le Coq, Die buddhistische Spätantike in Mittel Asien, pt. 1, Berlin, 1922, in T’oung pao 22, 1923, pp. 57-59.] - Emeric (n.d.)

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 15 Jan 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 Dirghabhavana monastery, China.

General location of the Dirghabhavana monastery, China.
lat=37.0997 long=79.9269
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Dirghabhavana monastery (Eitel 1888:50)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Dirghabhavana Samgharama (Eitel 1888:50)

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

  • Mahayana - Foltz (1999:39,48)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

  • Active in 4th or 5th century C.E. - Emeric (n.d.)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p - tmciolek 15 Jan 2013
  • 0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p dated-x

13. Date-late

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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

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)….

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

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