Rinchen Gang monastery, (near) Kunggar, Xizang, CN

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“Gyama Rinchen Gang (rGya ma Rin chen sgang) - a short distance up Gyamashing valley from [Gyama] Trikang, also on the left bank of the Gyamashing Chu, is the site of the monastery of Rinchen Gang 8. [… The monastery] was built by a disciple of Neuzurpa [ven.neuzurpa], the Geshe Gyar 9 Gomchempo Shonnu Drakpa (1090-1171), and some 300 monks gathered here. It was rebuilt in 1181 by the founder’s nephew Sangye Wonton (1138-1210), the second abbot, also known as Wonton Rimpoche, who had a strong reputation as a scholar during his lifetime. Kache Panchen Sakya Sri twice visited Rinchen Gang at Wonton Rimpoche’s request. Rinchen Gang was one of the Kadampa gompas that under Sakya control [end of pp. 104] retained a strong tradition for centuries.“ - Dowman (1988:104-105)

Input by: tmciolek, Apr 08, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 08 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Rinchen Gang monastery, CN.

General location of the Rinchen Gang monastery, CN.
Lat 29.74360 Long 91.66694
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Rinchen Gang monastery - Dowman (1988:105)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.74360 Long 91.66694 - based on visual identification of the Rinchen Gang site in maps/satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 08 Apr 2013.
  • Alternatively, but far less likely, the coordinates are Lat 29.75710 Long 91.66646 - tmciolek, 08 Apr 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

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Kadampa - Dowman (1988:104)

11. Date-early

  • Built by Geshe Gyar Gomchempo Shonnu Drakpa (1090-1171) [ven.shonnudrakpa] - Dowman (1988:104)
  • MBM chrono-tag 1133-66p 1167-99p - tmciolek 8 Apr 2013
  • 1133-66p 1167-99c 1200=> dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • Rebuilt in 1181 by Sangye Wonton (1138-1210) [ven.sangyewonton], the second abbot, aka Wonton Rimpoche - Dowman (1988:104)
  • MBM chrono-tag 1167-99c 1200=> - tmciolek 8 Apr 2013

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • The monastery was twice visited by Kache Panchen Sakya Sri [ven.sakyasri] at Sangye Wonton's [ven.sangyewonton] request. - Dowman (1988:104)

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

  • in the 11th century the monastery had approx. 300 monks - Dowman (1988:104)

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

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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