Jingci monastery, (in) Hangzhou, Zhejiang, CN

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"Jingci Temple was initially called "Huiri Yongming Temple "(慧日永明院). It was first built in AD 954 by Qian Hongji (钱弘俶) of Wuyue Dynastry for a famous monk Yongming Yanshou. In South Song Dynasty, its name was changed to Jingci Temple, and the 500 Luohan Hall was built. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt several times in the history. The majority of present temple was built in 1980's." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingci_Temple

"East of the Su Causeway along the shore of West Lake, set against the hillside across the road from the Leifeng Pagoda, is the peaceful Jingci Zen Monastery; check out the vast effigy of Sakyamuni in the main hall and the magnificent 1000-arm statue of Guanyin (Buddhist goddess) in the Guanyin Hall ( 观音殿; Guānyīn Diàn)."

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 11, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 11 Jul 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 Jingci monastery, CN.

General location of the Jingci monastery, CN.
Lat 30.23162 Long 120.14426
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Zhejiang Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag: 0933-66c - tmciolek 11 Jul 2013
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 11 Jul 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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  • "And behind the Vairocana [figure at Jingci] , in the place usually occupied by Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, was instead a figure of the "Crazy Monk" named Ji Gong [Jigong] He's a popular folk figure, also called Daoji, is known for his uncontrolled behavior (like drinking wine and eating meat) while at the same time being a compassionate champion of those in need. Though he became a monk at Lingyin Temple, his behavior got him kicked out, and he stayed at this temple when not wandering the country." - http://chinaskeytemples.edu-spirit.com/szd002-jingci-temple-hangzhou.html

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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