Pelpung monastery, (in) Babang, Sichuan, CN

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Pelpung Monastery, the seat of the Tai Situpa and Jamgon Kongtrul, is located in Kham near Derge, which originated in the 12th century and wielded religious and political influence over the centuries. The 16th Karmapa was enthroned first at Pelpung before he traveled to the main seat of Tsurphu Monastery"

Lat 31.648333° Long 98.795833° -
Input by: tmciolek, Jan 03, 2013

“It is believed that the founder of the monastery was Palden Shangchub Lingpa. He was originally from eastern Dengko (now incorporated into Dege County). He successfully merged a number of small monasteries, Trana Gonpa, Langrog Gonpa, Yanong Gonpa, and Wuchhen Gonpa (present day Palpung) into one big monastery. His successor was called Ngara Rinchhen Tshultrim. Because Palden Shangchub Lingpa belonged to the Sakya Sect he converted Palpung into Sakya. When the monastery was converted back to Kagyu is not known.
[…] There are also many famous monk-scholars in Palpung's history. Some of them are well-known throughout the Kham area and the Tibetan plateau, for example Jara Khenpo, Tropu Khenpo, and Joru Khenpo.
[…] In Chinese, the monastery is called Babang, which is not too far from the local pronunciation of the Tibetan name (approximately "Bebung").” -

"In the period 1181 to 1189, a man called Drigungba Renqing Bei sent his disciple Palden Shangchub Lingpa from Drigung Til Monastery in Tibet [Autonomous Region] to Palpung to transmit Drigung Kagyu teachings and oversee the building of a chanting hall for Xiongli Monastery, Palpung Monastery’s predecessor.
On two neighboring mountains he built two other buildings, Zhoulanggan Teaching Institute [tratsang] and Wuchhen Meditation Hall. The temple had a gathering of monks at Quchixi (the present-day location of Palpung Township offices) to study Buddhism."

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 21, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 21 Mar 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 Pelpung monastery, CN.

General location of the Pelpung monastery, CN.
Lat 31.648333 Long 98.795833
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=31.648333,98.795833&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 31.648333 Long 98.795833 - - Confirmed via visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 3 Jan 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 1067-99c - tmciolek 03 Jan 2013
  • 1067-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 03 Jan 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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