Kapisa monastic cluster, (towards) Bagram, Velayat-e Parvan, AF

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"Kapisa","Bagram","current settlement","AF", […] (Ciolek 1999)
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 27 2009
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 4, 2009

"[T]he Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang made a pilgrimage to Kapisi, and described there the cultivation of rice and wheat, and a king of the Suli tribe. In his chronicle, he relates that in Kapisi were over 6,000 monks of […] the Mahayana school of Buddhism."

Hsüan-tsang wrote that in Kapisa [in 630s] the majority followed the Mahayana school and that there were also learned monks of the Sarvastivadin and Mahisasana schools." - Melikian-Chirvani (n.d.)

"In the Kabul-Kapisa area, a series of monasteries with s flourished in the 1st-3rd centuries CE and were decorated with sculptures analogous to those of Hadda (sites include Sotorak, Qal'a-ye Nader, Top Dara, and Paitava" - Melikian-Chirvani (n.d.)

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 23, 2011

Jiabishi 迦畢試 (Kapiśā, south of the Hindu Kush)
& www.international.ucla.edu/media/files/10_Culture_web-is-toy.pdf

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 17 Jul 2014

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 Kapisa monastic cluster, AF.

General location of the Kapisa monastic cluster, AF.
lat=34.9661 long=69.2547
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kapisa monastic cluster - Eitel (1888:40)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Afghanistan:Velayat-e Parvan

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 1st-3rd centuries CE - Melikian-Chirvani (n.d.)
  • MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 - tmciolek 03 Jun 2013
  • <=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag: 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99p - tmciolek 03 Jun 2013

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • The Kapisa cluster monasteries were decorated with sculptures analogous to those of Hadda cluster (sites include Sotorak, Qal'a-ye Nader, Top Dara, and Paitava" - Melikian-Chirvani (n.d.)

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

16. Additional notes

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

  • [missing data]

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