Guangzhe monastery, (in) Nanjing, Jiangsu, CN

Raw data

"Kuang-che-ssu [光宅寺] (PY Guangzhesi; Jpn Kotaku-ji)
A temple built in 502 (504 according to another account) for the priest Fa-yyn ven-fayyn by Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty in China at the capital Chien-k'ang** [most likely an error. The text almost certainly means to say "Chin-ling" - tmciolek] Kuang-che means "abode of light." Fa-yün [i.e. ven-fayyn] lectured there on the Lotus Sutra, and for this Kuang-che-ssu gained wide renown. His lectures on the Lotus Sutra were recorded and compiled by his disciples as The Mean-ing of the Lotus Sutra. Fa-yün was also known as Kuang-che. In 587 T'ient'ai [= ven-zhiyi] stayed at Kuang-che-ssu, where he lectured on the Lotus Sutra and the Benevolent Kings Sutra. His disciple Chang-an [= Kuan-ting (561-632) - Ch'en 1964:304)] ven-changan later compiled his lectures on the Lotus Sutra at the temple in a work called The Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra." - (The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism)

[** Jiankangtang, China Page Other names: Chien-k'ang-t'ang,Chien-k’ang-t’ang; World:China:Zhejiang Sheng Lat 29.0831 Long 121.5883 -]

"As a result, Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty summoned [… Teacher Fa-yün] to court and had a temple called Kuang-che-ssu built for him within the palace grounds, paying him great honor. [On Repaying Debts of Gratitude (WND088), Page 696, col 2, line 48, sentence 1 in paragraph 7]" -

Emperor's Wu palace in Nanjing was called "Tai Cheng Palace" and it was situated within the walking distance, i.e. only a few kilometers from the slopes of Mt. Zhong - (Ferguson 2010:7)

"Chih-i (538-597) ven-zhiyi. After seven years of practice under Nan-yueh, [… Chih-i] left the mountain and made his way to Chin-ling, the capital of the Ch'en dynasty, [… Then] at the emperor's repeated request, he lectured on The Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom and the Benevolent Kings Sutra at the imperial court in Chin-ling. In 587, at Kuang-che-ssu temple in Chin-ling, he gave lectures on the Lotus Sutra that were later compiled as The Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra.“
(The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism)

""Jinling" is an old name for Nanjing which is often used to refer to the city in a poetic context. "
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 14, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 Mar 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Guangzhe monastery, CN.

General location of the Guangzhe monastery, CN.
Lat 32.06293 Long 118.79548
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=32.06293,118.79548&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Guangzhe monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Jiangsu Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 32.06293 Long 118.79548 - based on visual identification of the Tai Cheng Palace site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 14 Mar 2013..

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

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11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0500-32c - tmciolek 14 Mar 2013
  • 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag 0567-99c 0600-32p - tmciolek 14 Mar 2013

13. Date-late

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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

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

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

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

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  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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