Sewu-2 monastery, (near) Lanagang, Xizang, CN

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“Sewu Monastery is located in Namling County, 70 km to the county, with an altitude of 4,700 m. Sewu Monastery is against Nanzong Mountain, faces Fuzang Valley, and the tall and rugged Gongdupuba Mountain covered with snow is in the east. The clear creek flows through the monastery. Sewu Monastery was built by Zhengshiquninangdan, with a history of more than 1,000 years. The monastery worshiped Nyingmapa, and there was 1 Main Assembly Hall and 11 halls. The monastery mainly enshrines Padma Sambhava. In 1984, Main Assembly Hall and 9 halls were repaired on the ruins, enshrining statues of Padma Sambhava and his disciple, and there was a practice cave of Yimucuojia. There are 65 monks and 4 nuns. “

Not to be confused wirth “Sewu, Sêwa or Sewuxiang (Chinese: 色务乡) is a village and township-level division of Amdo County in the Nagqu Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region, in China. […] 32.466944, 89.832778”,_Tibet
or be confused with the village of Sewa [“Chin.: Sewa Qu. World /China /Xizang /Lasa Coordinates: 32°27'13"N   89°51'48"E [= Lat 32.45361 Long 89.86333 - tmciolek]”]

Input by: tmciolek, Jan 31, 2013

“Sewu Monastery is located in Namulin County, Shigatse Prefecture. It is about 70 kilometers away from county town. It is at the altitude of 4700 meters. It has over thousand years' history. It belongs to Ningma Sect. In Sewu Monastery, there was one big scripture hall and 11 halls. […] In 1984, on the ruin of original monastery, a large scripture hall and nine halls were repaired, with three statues of Padmasambhava and his apprentices in it. Sewu Monastery treasures 16 pieces of precious articles, including three statues of Padmasambhava which were unearthed from Fuzang Valley by Zhengshi Quni Nangshan, shoes of Garmaba, Dakini Yixi Jiacuo's Vajra, black stone, right-handed snails, rock with right hand print of Padmasambhava, etc. On north side of Sewu Monastery, there are three meditation houses and practice holes on the Zongshan Mountain. […]
The building of Sewu Monastery was directed by Zhengshi Dianni Nangshan. Until now, it has over 1000 years' history.
The Sewu Monastery ever had a large scripture hall and 11 small halls and over 150 monks. It main enshrined Padmasambhava.
In the "Ten Year' Great Calamity" [ = Chinese Cultrural Revolution - tmciolek], Sewu Monastery was destroyed. In 1984 [… reconstruction work commenced] Now, there are 68 monks and 4 nuns in Sewu Monastery.
On southwest of Sewu Monastery, there is a Judedui Pagoda. According to legends, this pagoda was transported there from Indian. In the pagoda, there is the stone with right hand print of Padmasambhava.
[…] Sewu Monastery is located in Sewu Valley. […] The head of Sewu Valley stretches toward southeast to the mountain foot of Gonggar Mountain, and the end of Sewu Valley stretches toward northwest to Langalangqiong Village. Padmasambhava ever practiced in Sewu Valley for 13 years and hid a large amount of scriptures, religious articles and precious jewelry in the valley. Consequently, Sewu Valley is holy land in the heart of Buddhism believers.”

Input by: tmciolek, Feb 17, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 17 Feb 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Sewu-2 monastery, CN.

General location of the Sewu-2 monastery, CN.
Lat 29.67353 Long 89.26759
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=29.67353,89.26759&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Sewu-2 monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.67353 Long 89.26759 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery and forms of the terrain, - tmciolek, 17 Feb 2013.

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

  • Approx. Lat 29.68675 Long 89.25600 - based on confirmed visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 17 Feb 2013.

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0967-99p - tmciolek 31 Jan 2013
  • 0967-99p 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 31 Jan 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architectural

16. Additional notes

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

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18. Available Printed Literature

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