Mindroling monastery, (near) Tsetang, Xizang, CN

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“Minzholing Monastery is located in Chanang County, Shannan Prefecture. It is one of the three great and important monasteries of Nyingma Sect - the oldest sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was first built in the late 10th century and it was called Minzholing Monastery after it was rebuilt in middle 17th century. […]
Minzholing Monastery faces the east and is surrounded by mountains. […] Minzholing Monastery covers an area of about 0.1 million square meters and is surrounded by a polygon enclosing wall. […] The three-storey Lakhang Shrine is the main building of Minzholing Monastery. There are various sculptures carved on the walls of the shrine.
[…] Minzholing Monastery paid great attention to the research of the Buddhism scriptures and classics, astronomical calendar, calligraphy rhetoric and Tibetan medicines. Minzholing Monastery is noted for its achievements in these fields. There was a tradition that Minzholing Monastery would select eminent Buddhists to hold lectures in the Potala Palace. It has been praised as the first academy of Lamaism in Tibet.”

“The monastery was built in the late 10th century and had its current name when it was rebuilt in 1677. It is one of the three great monasteries of the Rnyingma Sect.”

“Mindroling means'' Place of Perfect Emancipation'' in Tibetan language. It is located in the Lhasa region of Tibet, approximately 43 kilometres east of the Lhasa airport, on the south side of the Tsangpo river. Mindroling Monastery covers a large area of over 100,000 square meters (about 24.8 acres). It is one of the six most famous Tibetan Buddhism monasteries of the Nyingmapa Sect. The monastery was originally founded by Rigzin Terdak Lingpa in 1676 and has been renovated several times. Mindroling was heavily damaged in 1718 by the Dzungar Mongols from East Turkistan.It was rebuilt during the rigon of the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelzang_Gyatso (1708_1757). DungsayRinchen_namgyel and Jetsunma Mingyur Paldron, the son and daughter of Terdak Lingpa, supervised its reconstruction. […] The studies of astronomy and calendared calculations are stressed in the temple. Besides that, the monastery also works on presiding over the compilation of the Tibetan calendar and Tibetan books.” [NOTE: this information comes under heading “Minzholing” - tmciolek, 07 Feb 2013].

Input by: tmciolek, Feb 07, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 15 Sep 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 Mindroling monastery, CN.

General location of the Mindroling monastery, CN.
Lat 29.18340 Long 91.40628
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Mindroling monastery -

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.18340 Long 91.40628 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery and Panoramio photographs, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 07 Feb 2013.
  • ]NOTE: the following coordinates - Lat 29.653056 Long 91.131389 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindrolling_Monastery erroneously place Mindroling in Lhasa and confuse it with the nearby Jokhang temple - tmciolek, 07 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

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1067-99p - tmciolek 15 Sep 2013
  • 1067-99p 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 07 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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