Kampo Nenang monastery, (towards) Lithang, Sichuan, CN

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“Recalling advice he had received earlier from Gampopa, Dusum Khyenpa later returned to his native land of Kham, where he swiftly began to attract disciples. Before long, the number of monks in his community exceeded 1,000. In 1164, on a spot tucked among gentle peaks, Dusum Khyenpa founded the first of his three major seats—Kampo Nenang Monastery. On this site, Dusum Khyenpa established a retreat centre and monastery, and devoted the next two decades of his life to cultivating realization in the many students who came seeking his guidance. Among those disciples was Drogön Rechen [1148-1218) - w.dhagpo-kagyu.org/anglais/gksh-ang/history_kag_lineage/drogon_rechen.htm , a different person from Drogön Rinchen ( (1170–1249) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KagyuRechen - tmc], Dusum Khyenpa’s heart disciple. Along with transmitting Dusum Khyenpa’s lineage, Drogön Rechen became instrumental in recognizing that the Second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi, was, in fact, the reincarnation of Dusum Khyenpa. It was to Drogön Rechen that Dusum Khyenpa gave the letter granting details of his next incarnation.” - http://www.karmapa900.org/karmapa_1st_bio.html

Düsum Khyenpa’s students at Kampo Nénang monastery were Deuchung Sangye and Baltsa Takdelwa - http://www.kagyuoffice.org/kagyulineage.karmapa1.html

“In 1164, then fifty-five years old, he founded Kampo Nenang Monastery at Kampo Gangra, the very site of his enlightenment, where he lived for eighteen years. In 1169, he founded the important monastery of Pangphuk near Litang, as well as several others in Eastern Tibet” Kunsang, Pemo and Aubele (2012:38)

“Dusum Khyenpa practiced at Karma Gon, Kampo Nenang, Drama Drushi [Possibly a reference to small meditation huts known colloquially as the "Dharma Drushi" - http://www.kttbrasil.org/index.php/karma-kagyu/karmapa/atividade-dos-karmapas], and other places […]“ Martin (2003:274)

“At the age of 55 (1164), Düsum Khyenpa founded a monastery at Kampo Nénang; and at the age of 60 (1169), he started the Panphuk monastery in Lithang, in East Tibet. Later, at the age of 76 (1185), he established an important seat at Karma Gön, in eastern Tibet (1184). At the age of 80 (1189), he established his main seat at Tsurphu, in the Tolung valley, a river which feeds into the Brahmaputra, in central Tibet.”

“In addition to this principal seat, two more monastic seats in Tibet were founded by the First Karmapa, Düsum Khyenpa: Kampo Gangra and Karma Gön.” - http://www.kagyuoffice.org/mainseats.html

Khampo Nenang near Litang. - http://www.trans-himalaya.com/destinations-tibet-kham.php

“With height of (6,204m/20,350ft), Mount Genyen is located in Lithang, western Sichuan. It is the third highest mountain in Sichuan and it is surrounded by over 30 peaks exceeding 5,000m/16,400ft ASL. It is regarded as the 13th most holy mountain amongst the 24 holy mountains of Tibetan Buddhism. Karmap Dusum Khyenpa (1110-93); the founder of the Kagyu sect, chose his hermitage cave in the Shambala Valley. He later went on to found the Neygong Monastery at the same site. Mount Genyen and the Shambala Valley are also considered to be sacred pilgrimage sites of the Dharma deity, Dangchoup.”

“Nigong Monastery (Rengo Monastery)
This Nigong Monastery is one of the oldest Karmapa Monasteries in Tibetan regions. It was first built in 1164AD and was worshiped by many Tibetans. It is located at the heart of Mount Genyen in the Gamula Valley east to the peak of Genyen. It is a small monastery with grey walls and red roof standing on the rock. At the elevation of 4150 meters, Nigong Monastery is rarely known by the outside and it is a meditation place for Tibetan monks and a pilgrimage destination of Mount Genyen.“ - http://www.chinatrektours.com/en/blog/rengo-monastery/

“Surrounded by seemingly endless steppes and high mountain ridges, Mt. Genyen has been the holy mountain of the half-nomads of the Litang area and destination of Buddhist pilgrims for centuries. The trek starts in a small village situated about 4 hours drive away from Litang. The path follows a river into Shambala valley. The meadows on the way offer excellent camping opportunities, most of them with stunning views on the glaciers and slopes of the holy mountain. From the picturesque Nyigong monastery the hike leads south towards Xiangcheng through an untouched landscape with many rare plants and animals. En route there are several passes to be traversed, many of them over 4’700 meters high, offering breathtaking views over the mountains of southeast Tibet.”

"Day 02. In early morning fly to Gyalthang (Zhongdian) and drive to Chaktring. […]
Day 03. Drive (5 hours) to Lithang. […]
Day 04. In the morning, […] visit Lithang Jhamchen Choekor Ling Monastery […]
Day 05. Drive (4 hours)to trailhead at Dramla village[…] Then start trekking for 3hrs along the river. Camp at Wokarthang by the riverside.
Day 06. Trekking for 6-7 hrs to Shapta. We will see Dechok Lake, a very large crystal clean alpine lake. Locals believe that one can see different visions in this lake. We can also see three other lakes: White Tara Lake, Green Tara Lake, and Dhamden Lake. Camp at Shupta in Shambala Valley.
Day 07. Trekking for 6 hrs to Karpuma. Along the way, we will visit the hermitage cave of the 1st reincarnation of Karmap Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193), and Jampa Latso Lake, where we can have a great view of the mountains. Camp for the night at Karpuma. This is the end point for pilgrims.
Day 08. Trekking for 5-6 hrs to Neygong Monastery in Shambala Valley. Along the way, there is a great view of Mt Genyen and we will arrive at the starting point of the pilgrimage for local people. Camp for the night near the Neygong Monastery, where there are good views of the back side of the mountain.
Day 09. Trekking for 5 hrs to Trasong Shik, the nomadic winter camping base. Camp for the night at Trasong Shik.
Day 10. Trekking for 5 hrs to Shinag. We will pass the Shina La Mountain Nomadic Grasslands. […]Camp for the night at Shina near the nomads’ campsites.
Day 11. Trekking for 6-7 hrs to Dranag, passing nomadic grasslands. Along the way, we will see more nomads and their herds. Camp for the night at Dranag.
Day 12. Trekking for 5-6 hours to Donjung village, where our vehicle will be waiting. […]
Day 13. Drive to Gyalthang via Chatren."

Input by: tmciolek, Feb 27, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 28 Feb 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 Kampo Nenang monastery, CN.

General location of the Kampo Nenang monastery, CN.
Lat 29.81016 Long 99.6534
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kampo Nenang Monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Sichuan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.81016 Long 99.6534 - based on visual identification of the approximate general setting of the monastery in satellite imagery and Panoramio photographs, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 28 Feb 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

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Kagyu

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1167-99c - tmciolek 28 Feb 2013
  • 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 28 Feb 2013

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. Available Printed Literature

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