Phat Da monastery, (towards) Bac Giang, Bac Giang, VN

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The Thien Uyen Tap Anh (fourteenth century copy of 10th century text) tells of a "Great Master" named Khuong Viet who first reside at this monastery (c. 950 CE). He later moved to Khai Quoc." According to Dat Nuoc Qua Cac Doi, "Thuong Lac District belongs to the present-day Tinh Gia District, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.
- Cuong Tu Nguyen, Zen in Medieval Vietnam: A Study and Translation of the Thien Uyen Tap Anh (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1997) Note 51, p.368.
Input by: stewart gordon, Jan 14, 2010

"Thiền Master Khuông Việt匡越 (930-1011) […] belonging to the fourth generation in the line of Vô Ngôn Thông, of the Phật đà temple佛陀寺, Cát lợi吉利 village, prefecture Thường lạc [in simplified latin characters: Phat Da temple, Cat loi village, prefecture Thuong lac - tmciolek, Feb 2010], was born into the Ngô吳 family of the Cát lợi village, descendant of Emperor Ngô Thuận吳順帝. He was a man of stalwart build, free in behavior. In his childhood he made his study in Confucianism. As growing up, he inclined to Buddhism. Together with his fellow students he received the full ordination under Master Vân Phong 雲風, at the Khai quốc temple 開國寺. […]" Tue Sy (n.d.:52)

History of Buddhism in Vietnam. 1997. Tài Thư Nguyẽ̂n
"Cat Loi village in Thuong Lac district; the location of this village is unknown. … Cat Loi village as well as the Pho Da pagoda are where the monk Khuong Viet had cloistered, and in Bac Giang (belonging to Ha Bac today). … "

Bac Giang, Vietnam Page
Other names: Thuong, Phu Lang Thong, Phu Lang Thuong, Phu Long Thuong,
World:Vietnam:Tinh Bac Giang
Lat 21.2667 Long 106.2000

Also note, that in N. Vietnam there is a place called "Thuong Lac", but it is located in a wrong (for the MBM purposes) place, i.e. S of Hanoi
Thuong Lac, Vietnam Page
Other names: Thuong Lao,
Lat 20.8333 Long 105.7333

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 2, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 Mar 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Phat Da monastery, VN.

General location of the Phat Da monastery, VN.
Lat 21.2667 Long 106.2000
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20VN)&ll=21.2667,106.200033&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Phat Da monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Vietnam:Tinh Bac Giang

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • 佛陀寺 - Tue Sy (n.d.:52)

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

  • Ch'an/Zen

11. Date-early

  • [missing data]

12. Date-intermediate

  • c. 950

MBM chrono-tag 0933-66c - tmciolek 07 Mar 2014
0900-32p 0933-66c 0967-99p dated-x

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • This monk moved to the Khai Quoc monastery.

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

  • This monk was deeply involved with advising the government and served at court for many years.

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

  • [missing data]

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