Kunduz monastery, (in) Konduz, Velayat-e Kondoz, AF

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[Xuanzang on his return journey observed that] "in Kunduz the monks studied and practiced both the Mahayana and Hinayana. Here he met Dharmasimha a great scholar of the Vibhasa." Krishan (1996:83)

Konduz, Afghanistan Page
Other names: Kunduz,Qunḏūz,Kondūz,كندز,Kundūz,Qonduz,Kondoz,Shahr-e Qondoz,Qondūz,Qunduz,Кундуз
World:Afghanistan:Velayat-e Kondoz
Lat 36.7275 Long 68.8647

"The foundation of a Buddhist monastery at Kunduz can be probably dated to the end of the Kushan [c. 260 CE - tmciolek] period (Hackin, 1959, pp. 19-22). Additional Buddhist temples are found in Dilberjin, Haibak, and other places." [Cited literature: J. Hackin, L’oeuvre de la Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan (1922-1932). Archéologie bouddhique, Tokyo, 1933.] - Melikian-Chirvani (n.d.)

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 5, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 09 Sep 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 Kunduz monastery, AF.

General location of the Kunduz monastery, AF.
Lat 36.7275 Long 68.8647
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2010.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kunduz monastery - Krishan (1996:83)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Afghanistan:Velayat-e Kondoz

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • Est. towards the end of the Kushan period [c. 260 CE] (Hackin, 1959, pp. 19-22)., cited in Melikian-Chirvani (n.d.)

MBM chrono-tag 0233-66c - tmciolek 09 Sep 2013
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

  • The monastery was visted by Xuanzang on his return journey to China [where he returned in AD 645 - tmciolek] - Krishan (1996:83)

MBM chrono-tag 0633-66c - tmciolek 09 Sep 2013

13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • pilgrim account

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

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

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