Kaiyuan-7 monastery, (in) Datong/Ta-t’ung, Shanxi, CN

Raw data

"The Shanhua Temple was first founded during the Kaiyuan period of the Tang Dynasty (713-741) under the patronage of emperor Xuanzong, at which time it was known as the Kaiyuan Temple. After the fall of the Tang Dynasty during the Five Dynasties period (906-960), the temple underwent a name change and was known as Da Pu’ensi. During this chaotic time, out of ten buildings at the temple, only three or four escaped destruction. After the takeover by the Liao Dynasty in 960, the temple assumed its present configuration.[1]
The temple was again heavily damaged when the Jin Dynasty took over in 1120, and in 1128 repair work was started that took fifteen years to complete.[2] In 1421, more repairs were undertaken, this time by a monk named Dayong. In 1445, he received an imperial presentation of sutras. This is also the first time that the temple was referred to by its present name, Shanhua Temple.[…] Further repairs were made to the temple over the next two hundred years but by the late 18th century the temple was once again in a state of disrepair […] [3] During World War II, the Puxian pavilion was destroyed, and was rebuilt in 1953.[4][5] […] 40.085833, 113.293611" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanhua_Temple

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 08, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 30 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 Kaiyuan-7 monastery, CN.

General location of the Kaiyuan-7 monastery, CN.
Lat 40.085833 Long 113.293611
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kaiyuan-7 Monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Shanxi Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 40.085833 Long 113.293611 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanhua_Temple The cordinates have been confirmed by visual identification of the Shanhua site in maps/satellite imagery and Panoramio photographs, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 08 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

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0700-32p 0733-66p - tmciolek 09 Mar 2013
  • 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 09 Mar 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

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]

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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