Nanlin monastery, (in) Nanjing, Jiangsu, CN

Raw data

"According to one account, the first ordination platform in China was erected in 434 at Nan-lin-ssu temple in Chien-k'ang [= modern Nanjing, Jiangsu - tmc]."

"The first dual sangha ordination in which both bhikshus and bhikshunis participated took place in the 11th year of the Yong Jia era, 434 AD, in the Liu-Song Dynasty, with Indian Bhikshu Sanghavarman and Sri Lankan Bhikshuni Devasara and her colleagues granting the ordination. The ordination platform was located in Nanlin Temple. Ven. Huiguo, Ven. Jing-Yin, and three hundred others were fully re-ordained." Ben YIN (n.d.:1)

Input by: tmciolek Aug 07 2014

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 08 Aug 20014

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 Nanlin monastery, CN.

General location of the Nanlin monastery, CN
Lat 32.0774 Long 118.8047
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=32.0774,118.8047&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Nanlin monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Jiangsu Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 32.0774 Long 118.8047 - based on visual identification of the possible site (a spot opposite of today's Nanlin Hotel in the centre of Nanjing) in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 08 Aug 2014.

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

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • [missing data]

0400-32p 0433-66c 0467-99p dated-x

12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag 0433-66c - tmciolek 26 Oct 2012

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

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

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

  • [missing data]

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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