Nanyue monastery, (in) Nanyue, Hunan, CN

Raw data

"Nan-yüeh [南岳] (515–577) (PY Nanyue; Jpn Nangaku) Also known as Hui-ssu. T'ient'ai's teacher and the third patriarch of the T'ient'ai school in China, in the tradition that counts Nagarjuna as the school's founder. A native of Nan-yü-chou in north China, he entered the priesthood in 529 and concentrated on the study of the Lotus Sutra. Later he learned from Hui-wen the meditation for observing the mind and mastered the Lotus meditation, a meditation based on the Lotus Sutra. In 548 a malicious priest who had opposed Nan-yüeh in debate poisoned him, and he nearly died. In 553 another rival priest poisoned him. He survived this attempt, too, and in the next year moved to K'ai-yüeh-ssu [= Kaiyue] temple in Kuang-chou [Guangzhou (Canton)] where he lectured on the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra. In 555 he moved to Mount Ta-su in Kuang-chou. There he devoted himself to lecturing on the Wisdom and the Lotus sutras and engaged in the practice of the Lotus Sutra and the training of his disciples; one of those disciples was T'ient'ai. In 568 he moved to Nan-yüeh [= Nanyue], the mountain after which he gained the name the Great Teacher Nan-yüeh, and received the title great meditation master from the emperor.”
(The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism)

Input by: tmciolek Jul 23 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 04 Aug 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 Nanyue monastery, CN.

General location of the Nanyue monastery, CN.
Lat 27.24946 Long 112.72851
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=27.24946,112.72851&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Nanyue monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Hunan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 27.24946 Long 112.72851 - based on visual identification of the Nanyyue monastery site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 23 Jul 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

  • Mayahana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Ch'an/Zen

11. Date-early

  • [missing data]

12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag 0533-66p 0567-99c - tmciolek 04 Aug 2013
0533-66p 0567-99c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

13. Date-late

  • The monastery appears to be in active existence in the early 21st c. - maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 23 Jul 2013.

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 04 Aug 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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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