Kaiyue monastery, (in) Guangzhou, Guangdong, CN

Raw data

"Nan-yüeh [南岳] (515–577) (PY Nanyue; Jpn Nangaku) Also known as Hui-ssu. T'ient'ai's teacher and the third patriarch of the T'ient'ai school in China, in the tradition that counts Nagarjuna as the school's founder. A native of Nan-yü-chou in north China, he entered the priesthood in 529 and concentrated on the study of the Lotus Sutra. Later he learned from Hui-wen the meditation for observing the mind and mastered the Lotus meditation, a meditation based on the Lotus Sutra. In 548 a malicious priest who had opposed Nan-yüeh in debate poisoned him, and he nearly died. In 553 another rival priest poisoned him. He survived this attempt, too, and in the next year moved to K'ai-yüeh-ssu [= Kaiyue] temple in Kuang-chou [Guangzhou (Canton)] where he lectured on the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra. In 555 he moved to Mount Ta-su in Kuang-chou. There he devoted himself to lecturing on the Wisdom and the Lotus sutras and engaged in the practice of the Lotus Sutra and the training of his disciples; one of those disciples was T'ient'ai. In 568 he moved to Nan-yüeh [= Nanyue], the mountain after which he gained the name the Great Teacher Nan-yüeh, and received the title great meditation master from the emperor.”
(The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism) http://www.sgilibrary.org/search_dict.php?id=1498

Input by: tmciolek Jul 23 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 02 Aug 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kaiyue monastery, CN.

General location of the Kaiyue monastery, CN.
Lat 23.2222 Long 113.2987
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kaiyue monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Guangdong Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 23.2222 Long 113.2987 - based on visual identification of an arbitrary site (an intersection of the S303 South China Expressway and 106 National Rd) in maps/satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 02 Aug 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

  • Mayahana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag: 0533-66c - tmciolek 2 Aug 2013
0500-32p 0533-66c 0567-99p dated-x

13. Date-late

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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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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

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