Karma Gon monastery, (towards) Qamdo, Xizang, CN

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Garma Monastery is located at the foot of Baixishan Mountain in Qamdo Prefecture. It was built by an eminent follower of Garma Gagyu Sect - Duisong Qenba in 1185. It was the first monastery of Garma Gagyu Sect. […] it has been one of the most famous ancient monasteries in Kam Area (an area in traditional Tibetan culture).
There are three stupas in Garma Monastery. The eminent incarnations were enshrined in these stupas. There were more than 1000 monks and followers of Garma Gagyu [Karma Kagyu] Sect in Garma Monastery at its heyday.
Garma Monastery collected a large quantity of precious cultural relics, including the steles endowed by emperors in Chinese Ming Dynasty. Besides, there are also porcelains and more than 100 gilding bronze statues endowed by the emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties. The Tibetan scriptures Kangyur and Bstanhgyur are also precious treasures in Garma Monastery. […]
The top of Garma Monastery is covered with blue glazed tiles and decorated with overhanging eaves. The top of Coqen Hall is supported by 12 giant pillars and the hall enjoys enough sunshine. The murals in the monastery mainly related to Sakyamuni.

The Garma Monastery is 120 km away from Chamdo, standing on the upper reaches of the Zhaqu River. Going to the monastery one has to pass through a place called Let. […] Master Garmaba Duisum Qenba [= Düsum Khyenpa (1110–1193) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Düsum_Khyenpa,_1st_Karmapa_Lama] -, […] built the Garma Monastery here. This signified the creation of the Garma Gagyu Sect of Tibetan Buddhism in this part of the world.

“Garma Monastery 
It is also called Gama Dainsa and Garma Lhading monastery, located in the up ranges of Zhachu river in Chamdo county, about 120km to Chamdo seat, built in 1185 by the revered monk Duisong Qenba at the foot of Baixishan Mountain in Chamdo county, belonged to the Garma Gagyu Sect, the sect took the lead in adopting the living Buddha reincarnation system. The monastery  features a combination of Chinese, Tibetan and Naxi architectural styles. Its cultural relics include a 17-meter-high clay sculpture of Maitreya and frescoes telling the story of Chinese envoys visiting the monastery, it has collection of pottery, Buddha statues and objects and kept well.”

“Garma Monastery […] 31° 49' 46.00" N  96° 54' 50.00" E [= Lat 31.8294 Long 96.9150 - tmciolek]- http://www.panoramio.com/photo/15630525
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 12, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 27 Feb 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 Karma Gon monastery, CN.

General location of the Karma Gon monastery, CN.
Lat 31.83055 Long 96.91375
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 31.83055 Long 96.91375 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery and Panoramio photographs, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 12 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

  • Karma Kagyu

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1167-99c - tmciolek 12 Feb 2013
  • 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 12 Feb 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architectural

16. Additional notes

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18. Available Printed Literature

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