Pusa Ding monastery, (in) Taihuai, Shanxi, CN

Raw data

“According to a legend dating back to the Northern Wei period (386-534), the Monastery of the Bodhisattva (Pusa Ding) north of the Temple of the Manifestation [= Xiantong ] on Lingiju Feng Peak was the residence of Wensha Pusa. The Kangxi and Qianlong emperors stayed here quite often and left behind inscriptions carved on two stelae which can still be seen today.” - http://www.planetware.com/taiyuan/mount-wutaishan-chn-sx-mw.htm#CHN-SX-MWMB

"Pusading Temple, the favored temple of the emperors of the Qing dynasty. It was built from 471 to 499 AD, repaired and renamed the Great Manjusri Temple in 1403 AD. Pusading is notable for its yellow roofs and imperial dragon imagery, featuring the five-clawed dragon of the emperor, neither of which were allowed to be displayed anywhere but the Forbidden City and other imperial palaces." - http://jandrewt.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/pusading-temple.html

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 07, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 02 Apr 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 Pusa Ding monastery, CN.

General location of the Pusa Ding monastery, CN.
Lat 39.01177 Long 113.58860
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

Google Map link:


Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Pusa Ding Monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Shanxi Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 39.01177 Long 113.58860 - based on visual identification of the Pusa Ding site in maps/satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 08 Mar 2013.

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

  • MBM chrono-tag 0467-99c - tmciolek 08 Mar 2013
  • 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 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

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

In existence in the 2000s - http://www.planetware.com/taiyuan/mount-wutaishan-chn-sx-mw.htm#CHN-SX-MWMB

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 08 Mar 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • Close contacts with Tibetan and Mongolian monasteries - Debreczeny 2011.

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

  • A major pilgrimage site - Debreczeny 2011.

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

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18. Available Printed Literature


  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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