Guangxiao-1 monastery, (in) Guangzhou, Guangdong, CN

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"Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Temple) (光孝寺 guāng-xiào-sì) 109 Guangxiao Road (光孝路) (Metro 1 Ximenkou Exit C) – As the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism, Hui Neng [=Dajian Huineng], trained at this temple in the 7th Century, it is a popular pilgrimage site for Zen Buddhists. The temple has been destroyed several times by fire, and the current buildings date back to the mid-19th century."

"[…] Bodhidharma is said to have arrived during the cyclical year ting-moor the first year of Ta-t’ung which corresponds to the date 527 A.D.
One of the material objects Bodhidharma brought which him to China from India was patra, or as the Chinese called it, the Po’yu, the alms bowl of every Buddhist mendicant. […] The patra that Bodhidharma brought with him to China reportedly is now preserved in the Kuang-hsiao Monastery in Canton, in the province of Kwang-tun."

"[…] on November 21, 1997, invited with reverence the presence of the Ten Masters, and conferred the Grand Ordination of the Precepts in Three Platforms. 460 Nuns & Monks from different countries gathered together at Guang Xiao Monastery and Wu Zhu Nunnery in Guangzhou (Canton), People Republic of China to receive full precepts."

"Guangxiao Si […] Address: Jinghui Lu (Ximen Kou metro stop)
Spacious and peaceful Guangxiao Si is the oldest of Guangzhou's Buddhist temples. In 113 BC this was the residence of Zhao Jiande, last of the Nanyue kings, becoming a place of worship only after the 85-year-old Kashmiri monk Tanmo Yeshe built the first hall in 401 AD. The temple was later visited by Buddhist luminaries such as the sixth-century monk Zhiyao Sanzang, who planted the fig trees still here today; the Indian founder of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, Bodhidharma; and Chan's Sixth Patriarch, Huineng. Though none of the original buildings survives, the grounds are well-ordered and enclose pavilions concealing wells and engraved tablets from various periods […]."

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 5, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 28 Sep 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 Guangxiao-1 monastery, CN.

General location of the Guangxiao-1 monastery, CN.
lat=23.12899 long=113.25622
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2011.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=23.12899,113.25622&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Guangdong Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 23.12899 Long 113.25622, based on the visual identification of the site in maps and satellite imagery,, tmciolek, Mar 5, 2012.

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag: 0400-32c - tmciolek 13 Dec 2012
  • 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 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 27 Oct 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • architectural

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]

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