Shar Yelphuk monastery, (in) Yeba, Sichuan, CN

Raw data

The Yelpa Kagyu (yel pa bka' rgyud) was established by Drubthob Yeshe Tsegpa (drub thob ye shes brtsegs pa, b. 1134 [d. 1194 -]). He established two monasteries, Shar Yelphuk (shar yel phug) and Jang Tana (byang rta rna dgon)."

“Deshek Rinpoche uttered an auspicious prophecy that, “thou and thyself are the only Bodhisattva of ‘the future period of existence’. Thou shall make a visit to the location of lower valley formed at the base of whitish rocky mountain in the image of mounted snow lion, and thou would be able to serve large number of fellow beings”. True to the words of prophecy, at the age of 38, on the Iron-Hare year (1171), when he [=Yelpa Yeshe Tsegpa - tmciolek] traveled to that very place, he succeeded in establishing the first ever yelpa Kagyue lineage’s monastery called East Yelphuk Dongag Dhargye Ling.” -

“At the age of 60, on Water-Ox year (1193), he [=Yelpa Yeshe Tsegpa - tmciolek] consecrated the West Gon Lung monastery, and there also formed a large commune of sanghas. East Yer Phuk monastery, South Do Zong monastery, West Gon Lung monastery and North Ta Na monastery, while he resided in those four seats of monasteries, he had composed many religious songs, prayers and many other commentaries. […] With prevalent time and the grave situation under the Chinese occupation of Tibet, those monasteries had had been subjected to ruins; however with strong hope we are still in the progress of their restoration.” -

Input by: tmciolek, Feb 14, 2013

“Yelp'ukpa, alias Yelwa Yeshe Tsek, que fundó los dos monasterios de Lho Yelp'uk y de Tchangtsana [= Tana].“ -

[Druptop Yeshe Tsekpa (1134-1194) -] “Back in his home region of Kham, he spent a few years going from place to place. When he was thirty-eight, in 1171, he founded the monastery of Yelpuk (yel phug) and there he headed the assembly for eighteen years. In 1175 he founded Gonlung (dgon lung) [= Toklung ]Monastery. Then in 1188 a patron made an offering of a monastery in the Nangchen (nang chen) realm that would be called Tana (rta rna), which means ‘Horse Ear,' where he gathered many students. […] Then in 1192 still other patrons permitted him to found the monastery of Tojang (stod 'jang), also known as Dodzong (rdo rdzong). […] When he was sixty-one he gave his last teachings to his students on the topics of impermanence, the certainty of death, and the faults of samsara. […] His cremation took place at Tana Monastery. […]The monasteries he founded were cared for by his disciple Khenchen Puwa (mkhan chen phu ba).”

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 01, 2013

"6. 依巴噶舉 (Yelpa Kagyu)
此派是由耀耶輸色(Yelpa Drupthop Yeshe Tsekpa)所創立。他建有沙多謝登(Shar Dorje Dang)、羅耀灰 (Lhn Yelphug) 和青登拿等(Chang Tana)寺院 [automated online translation: "This Yao yeah lose color (Yelpa Drupthop Yeshe Tsekpa) was founded. He built a shaduoxiedeng (Shar Dorje Dang), Luo Yao gray (Lhn Yelphug) and blue (Chang Tana) monastery."] -

“Yelpa Kagyu - (yel ba bka’ brgyud ) was founded by Yeshe Tseg, who established the
monasteries of Shar Dorje Wang, Ho Yelphug, and Jang Tana.” -

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 03, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 03 Mar 2013

Conjectural placement of the Shar Yelphuk monastery in the village of Yeba 

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Shar Yelphuk monastery, CN.

General location of the Shar Yelphuk monastery, CN.
Lat 30.78709 Long 98.9710
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=30.78709,98.9710&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Sichuan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 30.78709 Long 98.9710 - based on visual identification of the site of a monastery's building in maps (Yeba, 叶巴 village) & satellite imagery (the building itself), - tmciolek, 03 Mar 2013.
  • It is rather unlikely (in the view of the differences in names that the Shar (i.e. East) Yelphuk monastery was a part of the nearby Kangongsi [lat 30.80633 long 98.9799] complex - tmciolek, 03 Mar 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

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1167-99c - tmciolek 15 Feb 2013
  • 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 15 Feb 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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

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