Loyang monastery, (in) Luoyang, Henan, CN

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"Kumarajiva (b. 344) of Kucha [with a Sarvastivadin monastery] studied Mahayana works in Kashmir. He "became a proponent of the Mahayana approach on his return to Kucha. He was taken forcibly to the Chinese capital Lo-yang in 402, where he stayed until his death in 412 or 415. Some 300 translations of Buddhist texts into Chinese are attributed to him." - Foltz (1999:51).

Input by: tmciolek, Apr 25, 2009

"LUOYANG or Loyang […], NW Henan prov., China, on the Luo River. […] Luoyang, a major Chinese cultural center, was the capital of several ancient dynasties, particularly that of the Eastern Chou kingdom (770–256 b.c.) and the T'ang dynasty (a.d. 618–906). Under the Chou it was the seat of several schools of philosophy. The nearby Longmen grottoes, embellished in the 6th cent. a.d., contain colossal carvings of Buddha. Luoyang was formerly called Henanfu or Honanfu."
The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, 2004, Columbia University Press.

"148 CE - An Shih-kao, a Parthian, arrived in the monastery at Lo Yang, and worked with a team of non-Mahayana monks translating sutras to Chinese. However, he did have contemporaries who were engaged in translating Mahayana sutras, notably An-hsuan, another Parthian, and Lokaksema, an Indo-scythian (post-168), eleven of whose translations have survived." http://pratyeka.org/buddhist-history/

Input by: tmciolek, Apr 26, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 29 Sep 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 Loyang monastery, CN.

General location of the Loyang monastery, CN.
lat=34.6836 long=112.4536
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Loyang monastery,

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Henan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 - tmciolek 16 Sep 2013
<=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • The monastery continued to be active 402-415 - Foltz (1999:51).

MBM chrono-tag: 0400-32c 0433-66p - tmciolek 16 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

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16. Additional notes

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

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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