Guangfu monastery, (near) Xichang, Sichuan, CN

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"Guangfu Temple is the Buddhism architectural complex with the longest history, largest scale, greatest momentum and also the most prosperous one among all the religious architectures of Lushan. It is recorded in historical materials that Guangfu Temple was successively called Feiliang Temple and Lushan Temple before Tang Dynasty. In the 9th year of Wude Period in Tang Dynasty (AD 626), Guangfu Temple was robbed and burnt by bandits. In the 15th year of Zhenguan Period in Tang Dynasty (AD 642), a Buddhist from Emei Mountain Ciren raised money to construct the Great Buddha’s Hall, mould Big Buddha Statue and create “Dafo Temple”. In Ming Dynasty, it was renamed to be “Guangfu Temple”." -

"Guangfu Temple is the largest of the constructions on Lushan Mountain. It is consists of the Qianfu Temple Hall, the Wen and Wu Temple Hall, the Kuixing Pavilion, the Wanghai Pagoda, the Feiliang Hall and the Great Hall, each with their characteristic exquisite design and large scale. […] Some ancient cypresses planted in the Han and Tang dynasties stand in front of the temple." -

"After lunch, drive back Xichang for Lushan, which is located south to Qionghai Lake with altitude of 2,317 meters, covered by green trees. Lushan is also a residence of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, with 16 temples. Guangfu Temples were made in the year of 642, at the very beginning of Tang dynasty, with uncountable steles, sculptures." -

Input by: tmciolek Aug 09 2014

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 09 Aug 2014

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 Guangfu monastery, CN.

General location of the Guangfu monastery, CN.
Lat 27.8340 Long 102.2665
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=27.8340,102.2665&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Guangfu monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Sichuan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 27.8340 Long 102.2665 - based on visual identification of the probable site of Feiliang monastery on Mt. Lushan, in maps/satellite imagery & Panoramio photographs, - tmciolek, 09 Aug 2014.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag 0600-32c - tmciolek 09 Aug 2014
0567-99p 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-xl

13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 09 Aug 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • In AD 642, a Buddhist from Emei Mountain Ciren raised money to construct the Great Buddha’s Hall, cast Big Buddha Statue and create “Dafo Temple” -

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

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

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

  • [missing data]

18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. 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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