Gomati monastery, (near) Hotan, Xinjiang, CN

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Fa Hien reached Khotan in 401 CE. He found "several myriads" of monks, some mahayana and some hinayana. There were four "great" monasteries and many smaller ones. He stayed in a monastery named Gomati (rich in cows), which had three thousand monks, all mahayana. Another prominent monastery was called "King's New Monastery" was just outside the capital. His party was there for three months and observed a great procession of images from various monasteries.
See Fa-Hsien, A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms, James Legge (trans.), (New York: Paragon Book Reprint Corp. reprinted edition, 1965). p. 12-16.

Gomati. A monastery in Kustana [= Khotan]. Src: Eitel (1888:60)
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 27 2009

The Khotan area was under strong influence of the Mahayana tradition - Foltz (1999:39,48)
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 4, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 Apr 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 Gomati monastery, China.

General location of the Gomati 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

  • Gomati monastery - Eitel (1888:60)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

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

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 400 CE. Fa-Hien the Chinese pilgrim visited - Legge (1965:12-16)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0367-99p 0400-32c - tmciolek 07 Apr 2013
  • 0367-99p 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • 630s CE, Hsuangzang visited
  • MBM chrono-tag 0600-32c 0633-66p - tmciolek 07 Apr 2013

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • pilgrim accounts

16. Additional notes

  • Fa-Hien says that 3,000 monks live in this monastery.

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

  • [missing data]

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