Ralung monastery, (near) Relongxiang, Xizang, CN

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“Ralung Monastery (Tibetan: [..], Wylie: Rwa-lung), located in the Tsang region of western Tibet, south of the Karo La (pass), is the traditional seat of the Drukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1180 by Tsangpa Gyare who was the First Gyalwang Drukpa, a disciple of Drogon Pakmodrupa, and the founder of the Drukpa order. […]
The monastery is located in present-day Gyantse county several kilometers south of the road connecting Nakartse and Lungmar, immediately north of the Gasa district of Bhutan. […]" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralung

28.898434°, 90.163765° - http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karo_La

“The Drukpa Lineage was established by Ling Repa's main disciple Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje (1161–1211) who established monasteries at Longbol (klong rbol) [actually, at Longdol - tmciolek] and Ralung (rwa lung). Later Tsangpa Gyare went to a place called Nam Phu where, legend has it, nine roaring dragons rose from the ground and soared into the sky. The Tibetan word for dragon is 'brug (pronounced 'Druk') and so Tsangpa Gyare's lineage and the monastery he established [in 1206 - tmciolek] at the place became known as the Drukpa, and he became known as the Gyalwang Drukpa.” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagyu

“In the present time [in the 21st c. - tmc], Ralung monastery became a less popular site to tourism industry but it still remains a sole center for the Drukpa Kagyu followers, the present monastery was 5km away from the main road near Norjin Khangsar glacier and one small village of some houses also called as Ralung village taken the name after monastery.”
Input by: tmciolek, Jan 16, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 16 Jan 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 Ralung monastery, CN.

General location of the Ralung monastery, CN.
Lat 28.83373 Long 90.09969
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 28.83373 Long 90.09969 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 16 Jan 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

  • Relongxiang

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 28.8217 Long 90.0470 - based on visual identification of the settlement in maps/satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 16 Jan 2013.

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1167-99c - tmciolek 16 Jan 2013
  • 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 16 Jan 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

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

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18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
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  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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