Guanghua monastery/nunnery, (near) Putian, Fujian, CN

Raw data

"Located three miles south of Phoenix Mountain (also called Nan Mountain), Guanghua Monastery is a secluded, yet well renowned temple with over 1400 years of history. Constructed in the second year of Emperor Yongding of the Southern Chen Dynasty (A.D. 558), the first master of the monastery was Chan Master Jinxian. The Jinxian Court was later named after him. Thirty-one years later, under the reign of Emperor Kaihuang of the Sui Dynasty (A.D.581-618), the monastery was expanded and the whole monastery was renamed Jinxian Court.

In the second year of the Jingyun reign of Tang Dynasty (A.D.711), the abbot of Jinxian Monastary, Master Zhiyan, conducted a lecture on the Dharmagupta-vinaya in the Palace and then was conferred with the title “Chan Master Congming (Intelligent Chan Master)”. Chan Master Zhiyan reported to Emperor Ruizong that water mysteriously sprang out of a stone as Master Wuji chanted the Lotus Sutra, so Emperor Ruizong renamed the magnificent place “Lingyan Monastery (Miraculous Stone Monastery)” [….] the Lingyan Monastery became prestigious and was recognized as one of the major monasteries of East Fujian."

"Guanghua Temple is located at the foot of Fenghuang (Phoenix) Mountain, about two miles to the south of Putian City in Fujian Province. Fenghuang Mountain presents a verdant landscape: trees clothe the mountain in green and babbling brooks wander through woods. The study of Buddhism once flourished in this environment.
Guanghua Temple has a long history. It was built in the Southern Dynasties (420-589) and became well known in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). During the height of its glory in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), over one thousand monks and nuns practiced Buddhism at this temple. Guanghua Temple was destroyed by fire during the war in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), but had been gradually restored to its former glory during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)."

Input by: tmciolek, Aug 24, 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 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Guanghua monastery/nunnery, CN.

General location of the Guanghua monastery/nunnery, CN.
Lat 25.425 Lat 118.992
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=25.425,118.992&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Fujian Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx, Lat 25.425 Lat 118.992 - visual identification in - tmciolek, 3 Jan 2010.

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 0533-66c - tmciolek 07 Apr 2013
  • 0533-66c 0567-99c 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-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 07 Apr 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

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

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