Shara Bumpa monastery/nunnery, (near) Poindo/Lhunzhub, Xizang, CN

Raw data

“[T]he Shar Bumpa nunnery is a very important Tibetan historical and religious monument. The name today does properly belong to nunnery of course, but originally this was a monastery (no idea when the changeover from monks to nuns took place), and the name Shar Bumpa (in Wylie, Sha-ra-'bum-pa) especially belongs to an old Kadampa style chorten there enshrining the bodily relics of Sharawa Yönten Drak (Sha-ra-ba Yon-tan-grags), who lived from 1040 [a typo, it should read 1070 - tmc] to 1141 CE. […] Back in its day, this was one of the largest monasteries in the Penpo ('Phan-po) Valley, with as many as 3,600 students gathering there to hear the Kadampa teachings from Sharawa.“

“Richardson mentions this site in High Peaks, Pure Earth, London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 310. "A little way northwest of the [Lhun-grub] rdzong [a direction NW of Lhunzhub appears to be in error, it should read NE - tmciolek] is Shar-ra Bum-pa, a large mchod-rten built by […] the scholar and teacher Sha-ra-ba, a contemporary of Glang-ri-thang-pa. There are several smaller mchod-rten and a nunnery there." [KC 21/10/2006]”
The Tibet Album. "Shara Bumpa temples and reliquary monuments" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. Accessed 12 Mar. 2013 []
Input by: tmciolek,  Mar 13, 2013

"Shara Gompa is located north of the county capital and west of Kusha village." -

Shara Ani Gompa, est. 11th c. by Sharapa Wonten Drak, a Kadampa master - McCue (2010:124)
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 15, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 15 Mar 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 Shar Bumpa monastery/nunnery, CN.

General location of the Shar Bumpa monastery/nunnery, CN.
Lat 30.01304 Long 91.32698
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=30.01304,91.32698&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Shara Bumpa monastery/nunnery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 30.01304 Long 91.32698 - based on visual identification of a probable Shar Bumpa site (and the associated chortens and a round squat structure called Shara Bumpa - McCue (2010:124)) in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 15 Mar 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

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1100-32c - tmciolek 13 Mar 2013
  • 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • The nunnery continued to be active in the 1990s - Barnett (1996:141)
  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 13 Mar 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architectural

16. Additional notes

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

  • [missing data]

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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