Jinyun monastery, (near) Beibei, Chongqing, CN

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"There are nine peaks in Jinyun Mountain. From north to south is the Zhaori Peak, the Censer Peak, the Lion Peak, the Juyun Peak, the Yuanxiao peak, the Lotus Peak, the Pagoda Peak, the Yujian Peak and the Xizhao Peak. Among them, the Xizhao Peak is the highest, with a height of 1050 meters above the sea level. The Lion Peak is the most steep and spectacular. The rest peaks each have their own characteristics. Jinyun Mountain is a state natural reserve. It is located in the bank of the Wentang Gorge, the Jialing River in the Beibei District.
"The Jinyun Temple was firstly built in Jingping Year (A.D.423) of the Southern Dynasty. After that, it has been called “ Xian gsi Temple”, “Chongsheng Temple”, “Chongjiao Temple” and been bestowed by emperors of various dynasties. The temple has been running a school since ancient times, so it was also called “Jinyun College”. There are 24 surviving Buddhist lection which were read by Songtaizong (a emperor of the Song dynasty)."

"Jinyun Mountain, located in the northern part of Beibei district, is some 50 kilometers away from the city center. […] Jinyun Temple of the Mountain
There is a temple called Jinyun Temple on the mountain. It is a Buddhist temple set up in the Southern Dynasty (A.D. 420-589) and the present buildings of the temple were reconstructed in 1684 in the Qing Dynasty. Among the treasured articles kept in the temple are the 24 volumes of Buddhist scriptures read by Emperor Taizong (in throne 976-998) of the Song Dynasty. On a rock at the foot of peak Incense Burner, stone carvings of human figures made in 1089 still remain. The Luoyang Bridge and the ancient gate to the temple are believed to be built in the later years of the Ming Dynasty (1836-1628)."

"Jinyun Mountain (Jinyun Shan) Review
In Beibie Town, just north of the city, Jinyun Mountain has some pretty views and a smattering of pavilions from the Ming and Qing dynasties."

"The elder Tai-xu of the Jinyun temple, with the help of Liu Xiang, governor of Sichuan, founded in 1930 the Han-Tibet College of Buddhism, which was renamed The Han-Tibet College of the World Buddhist University the next year. Lamas from Lhasa and Kangding were 
invited to preach Buddhism here, and “for more than 10 years the temple had been an attraction for the Lamas”. 
Famed as a pure land of Buddhism for some time in history, Jinyun Mountain got the nickname “Little Mt. Emei”. "
Input by: tmciolek, Sep 24, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 28 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Jinyun monastery, CN.

General location of the Jinyun monastery, CN.
Lat 29.8383 Long 106.3909
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Jinyun monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Chongqing Shi

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 29.8383 Long 106.3909 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps, satellite imagery and Panoramio photographs, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 24 Sep 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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 28 Apr 2013
  • 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 28 Apr 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

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

  • [missing data]

18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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