Guoyuan monastery, (in) Xiangyang, Hubei, CN

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"T'ien-t'ai [天台] (538–597) (PY Tiantai; Jpn Tendai)
Also known as Chih-i [same as ven-zhiyi]. The founder of the T'ient'ai school in China, commonly referred to as the Great Teacher T'ient'ai or the Great Teacher Chihche (Chihche meaning "person of wisdom"). The name T'ient'ai was taken from Mount T'ient'ai where he lived, and this, too, became the name of the Buddhist school he effectively founded. […] He lost both parents soon thereafter and in 555 entered the Buddhist priesthood under Fa-hsy at Kuo-yüan-ssu temple. He then went to Mount Ta-hsien where he studied the Lotus Sutra and its related scriptures. In 560 he visited Nan-yüeh (also known as Hui-ssu) on Mount Ta-su to study under him, and as a result of intense practice, he is said to have attained an awakening through the "Medicine King" (twenty-third) chapter of the Lotus Sutra. This awakening is referred to as the "enlightenment on Mount Ta-su."
After seven years of practice under Nan-yüeh, T'ient'ai left the mountain […]." (The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism)

"Zhiyi was born in the declining years of China's Liang dynasty in 538 CE. […]
In 555, at the tender age of seventeen, Zhiyi was placed under the tutelage of a monk named Fa Xu at the Guo-yuan temple, Hubei. A few years later, Zhiyi headed north to further his knowledge of the Buddha Dharma (Buddhist teachings) and made a retreat to Mount DaXian where he primarily studied what would later be referred to as the Fa Hua San Bu Jing (Law Flower, three part sutra/classic).[…]" -

Input by: tmciolek Aug 04 2013

"[Zhiyi …] Jego nauczycielem byl Faxu z klasztoru Guoyuan w Xiangzhou. Jego nastepnym nauczycielem byl mistrz winai Huikuang (慧曠). Nastepnie Zhiyi udal sie na góre Daxian (大賢山) w Hengzhou, […]" -

"Xiangzhou may refer to the following places in China:
• Xiangzhou County (象州县), Laibin, Guangxi
• Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai (香洲区), Guangdong
• Xiangzhou District, Xiangyang (襄州区), Hubei […]*

"Xiangzhou District (simplified Chinese: 襄州区; traditional Chinese: 襄州區; pinyin: Xiāngzhōu Qū) is a district of the city of Xiangyang, Hubei, People's Republic of China. […] 32.087222, 112.211944",_Xiangyang

Input by: tmciolek Aug 05 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 05 Aug 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 Guoyuan monastery, CN.

General location of the Guoyuan monastery, CN.
Lat 32.08959 Long 112.20698
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=32.08959,112.20698&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Hubei Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 32.08959 Long 112.20698 - an arbitrary location near the today's Xuyuan Park in the Xiangzhou District of Xiangyang - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 05 Aug 2013.

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

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag: 0500-32p 0533-66c 0567-99p - tmciolek 06 Aug 2013
0500-32p 0533-66c 0567-99p dated-x

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

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

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