Putuoluo monastery, (in) Kunming, Yunnan, CN

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"First established in Yongtai Period of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the temple was originally named “Putuoluo Temple”. “Putuoluo” is the transliteration of the Sanskrit “potalaka” which means “brightness” and is also in other ways translated into “putuo” (like the name of Putuo Mountain in Zhejiang Province) and “potala” (like the name of Potala Palace in Lhasa City, Tibet). According to “Huayan Buddhist Scripture”, Putuoluo is said to be the holy land of Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy); so Yuantaong Temple has existed as a Guanyin Temple since the time it was built in the Tang Dynasty." - http://www.chinakunming.travel/Show.aspx?aid=4939

"The construction of Yuantong Temple was originally constructed in the Tang Dynasty, and it was first named Butuoluo Temple. In the year 1301 during the Yuan Dynasty, the emperor ordered the temple to be destroyed and rebuilt from scratch, and gave it its name, Yuantong Temple. The expansion program didn’t finish until 1319, lasting 18 years in total. There were also several expansion programs in the following Yuan and Qing Dynasties. In recent years, continuous restoration and expansion programs were launched in Yuantong Temple.
Work was especially notable in 1990, when the Bronze Buddha Hall in Xiaocheng Buddha Temple and the Sutra Depository in the east of the temple were built. Thus, the three systems of Chinese Buddhism were brought together in Yunnan Province and is the only temple of its kind in all of China." - http://www.chinatouradvisors.com/attractions/Kunming-Yuantong-Temple-80.html

"[F]irst built in the late 8th and early 9th century, the time of the Nanzhao Kingdom in the Tang Dynasty. After two major restorations and expansion in the Chenghua period (1465-1487) of the Ming Dynasty and the 24th year of Emperor Kangxi's rule (1686) of the Qing Dynasty, the temple took on its present design, with covered corridors, bridges and grand halls." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuantong_Temple

Input by: tmciolek Aug 09 2014

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 09 Aug 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 Putuoluo monastery, CN.

General location of the Putuoluo monastery, CN.
Lat 25.05497 Long 102.71053
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2014.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Yunnan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 25.05497 Long 102.71053 - based on visual identification of the Putuoluo/Yuantong monastery in maps/satellite imagery & Panoramio photographs, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 09 Aug 2014.

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

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 0767-99p 0800-32p - tmciolek 09 Aug 2014
0767-99p 0800-32p 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

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13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 09 Aug 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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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

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