Drikung Thil monastery, (near) Poindo/Lhunzhub, Xizang, CN

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"Drikung Thil is the main seat of the Drikung tradition. It is located on the brow of a long mountain ridge some 120 kilometers to the north-east of Lhasa overlooking the Shorong valley. Legend has it that Jigten Sumgon had selected this place for the monastery while following a dri (a female yak), who lay down at that place. The horns of the dri are still shown today at Drikung. Because of this the whole area supposedly was called Drikung."

"Drikung Thil Ogmin Jangchubling ('bri gung mthil 'og min byang chub gling) was established in 1179 by Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon ('bri gung skyob pa 'jig rten gsum mgon, 1143-1217)"

"Situated about 150 kilometers to the northeast of Lhasa, in the valley of Zhorong Tsangpo River (the principal northeast tributary of the Kyichu River) is Drikung Thil Okmin Jangchup Ling ('bri gung mthil 'og min byang chub gling) - the main seat of Drikung Kagyu Lineage."

"The complete destruction in 1290 under the hands of Mongol troops following political intrigues involving Drikung, Phakmo Dru and Sakya secular powers and the Chinese Communist persecutions starting in 1959) have left their negative impact on the welfare of the monastery. " - http://www.drikungtmc.org/thil.htm

"Drigung Monastery (直贡梯寺) is a notable monastery in the Lhasa Prefecture, Tibet founded in 1179. High in the Himalayan mountains, the monastery stands at an elevation of 4150m and currently houses 250 to 300 monks.
The monastery (actually Drigungtil Ogmin Jangchubling Monastery (Wylie: ‘Bri-gung mthil ‘Og-min byang-chub gling); also Drikung Thil Monastery)) is named after its location in a valley about 150 km east from Lhasa, in Drigung district, and is the mother monastery of the Drigung Kagyu (Drikung Kargyu) tradition.
It was founded in 1179 by the founder of that tradition, Drigung Kyobpa Jigten-gonpo-rinchenpel (Wylie: ‘Bri-gung sKyob-pa ‘Jig-rten dgon-po rin-chen dpal, also called Kyobpa Rinpoche, 1143-1217). The tradition emphasizes on its founders tantric meditation and Phowa practices.
After being destroyed by Communists following the takeover of Tibet 1959, reconstruction works began in 1980." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drigung_Monastery

"One of the most important of the Kagyu sects still remaining today, the Drikung Kagyu takes its name from Drikung Thil Monastery founded by Jigten Gonpo Rinchen Pal (‘Jig-rten dgon-po rin-chen dpal) (1143-1217) also known as Drikung Kyopa." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagyu

"Around three hours’ walk (or a half-hour drive) from the main valley, northwest of Drigung Til and 13km up a side valley, is Tidrum Nunnery (Dezhong Si). Tidrum, with its medicinal hot springs, has a great location in a narrow gorge at the confluence of two streams. The entire valley is festooned with prayer flags. The small nunnery has strong connections to Yeshe Tsogyal, the wife of King Trisong Detsen and consort of Guru Rinpoche. The Kandro-la, the resident spiritual leader of the nunnery, is considered a reincarnation of Yeshe Tsogyel."

Drigung monastery […] was founded in 1179 by Kyobpa Rinpoche. […] Today there are over 300 monks in the monastery. Nestled between towering cliffs in the mountains, the monastery is strangely beautiful from a distance. Drigung After visiting the monastery of Southwest Drive for about 7 miles Dezhong, where you have the chance, try some authentic dishes from Tibet with local families."

"Zhigongti Temple is located in Mozhugongka County, about 150 km from Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Built by Zhigongpa Renchinbai in 1179, it serves as the center temple of Zhigong Kagyu (White hat) sect. Imposingly stretched across the top of a cllify mountain, the temple looks very spectacular. Zhigongti Temple was surrounded by more than 30 satellite temples in the old days, but today only about 10 small temples are found there. […] Currently, the Zhigongti Temple has around 300 monks."

"This morning, drive 150 kilometers northwards to Tsigongthi monastery by Xuerong river, which, built in 1179, is home monastery of Tsigong Kargyuelpa" - http://www.tibetmap.net/xl/XZ20.html

Input by: tmciolek, August 5, 2012

“Near the Drigungtil Monastery, there were many monasteries of Drigung Kargyu Sect. It is said that there were over 30 monasteries in the history. Presently, there are only seven monasteries. Except for the Dezhong Monastery which is located at the depth of mountain stream, there are Yargang Monastery, Zongze Monastery, Zhexue Monastery, Garze Monastery on the middle and down stream of the Xuerong River.” - http://www.tibettour.com/tibet-attraction/drigungtil-monastery.html
Input by: tmciolek, Jan 30, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 12 Mar 2013

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 Drikung Thil monastery, CN.

General location of the Drikung Thil monastery, CN.
lat=30.1065 long=92.2041
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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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 30.1065 Long 92.2041 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 6 Aug 2012.
  • Note: Incorrect coordinates Lat 30.106389 Long 91.205 are given in the entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drigung_Monastery

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag: 1167-99c - tmciolek 16 Jan 2016
  • 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag: 1200=> - tmciolek 16 Jan 2016

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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