Nanwu monastery, (in) Lucheng, Sichuan, CN

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"Nanwu Monastery (aka Nanwu Lamasery, Lhamo Tsering Gompa or Nanwu Gompa in Tibetan, Nanwu Si in Chinese 南无寺)
by LIM HUI YEE - Nanwu Monastery is a Gelugpa (aka Yellow Hat sect) monastery located in the west of town at Kangding (康定,aka Dartsedo, Dardo in Tibetan and Tachienlu or Tatsienlu in Chinese打箭炉) County in the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan (四川甘孜藏族自治州) which historically known as Tibetan region of Kham. It is about 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from Jingang Monastery (aka Dorje Drak Gompa in Tibetan) which located at lower hillside. Nanwu Monastery was previously known as Namu Monastery (娜姆寺, literally means Fairy Monastery,仙女寺). It was formerly a Kagyu (aka White sect) Monastery that located at Paoma Mountain (跑马山) which is believed to be built around 11th century during the Northern Song Dynasty.
After that, it was destroyed under warfare in between Ming and Qing dynasty. Until 1646, it was rebuilt again at Zhu Jue Gang竹觉岗, the opposite site that faced directly to Paoma Mountain where the Namu Monastery was originally located. When the construction was finally done in 1677, the fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso present the statues and pictures of Tsongkhapa, Yamāntaka, Palden Lhamo and etc to the abbot and bestowed the monastery as support temple of Potala Palace. Till then the monastery has changed their sect from Kagyu to Gelugpa. In the meantime, messenger has also sent to the capital (Peking) to make request to the emperor to write the name of monastery on a plaque. As Qian Long, the emperor accidentally misunderstood “Namu ” (娜姆)as “Nanwu” (南无), since then the monastery has it name changed to Nanwu until now. […] Currently, the monastery is under large scale renovation and there are about 80 monks reside in the monastery."

"Nanwu Si Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery west of the town of Kangding in Kangding County of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in Sichuan Province, southwestern China. The complex of traditional architecture is located in the historical Tibetan region of Kham. The monastery is home to about 80 Buddhist monks."

Input by: tmciolek, Aug 19, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 29 Jan 2014

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 Nanwu monastery, CN.

General location of the Nanwu monastery, CN.
Lat 30.0401 Long 101.9579
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=30.0401,101.9579&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Sichuan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 30.0401 Long 101.9579 - based on visual identification of the site in satellite imagery and Panoramio photographs, - tmciolek, 19 Aug 2012.
  • Approx., Lat 30.041389 Long 101.954722 -

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 1000-32p 1033-66p 1067-99p - tmciolek 29 Jan 2014
1000-32p 1033-66p 1067-99p 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 29 Jan 2014

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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