Shuanglin-1 monastery/nunnery, (in) Tashanxia, Zhejiang, CN

Raw data

Shuang-lin monastery, Che-kiang province, CN. Mahayana. Was active c. 750 AD onwards. Src: Thich Thien-An (1975:53)
Input by: tmciolek, 20 Feb 2009

Zhejiang (Redirected from Che-kiang)
Zhejiang (Chinese: 浙江; pinyin: Zhèjiāng) is an eastern coastal province of the People's Republic of China. The word Zhejiang (crooked river) was the old name of the Qiantang River, which passes through Hangzhou, the provincial capital.

There are many tourist spots to visit around Yiwu city. […] The Shuanglin buddhist temple (Shuanglinsi), situated on the  Yunhuangshan mountain

Located in Yunhuangshan Mountain, Fotang Town of Yiwu City, the Shuanglin Temple, established in the Liang Dynasty of the Southern Dynasties, had been a famous land of Buddhism for generations of eminent monks, earning itself the honor of the “Top Grandeur in China”.

Yunhuangshan Moutain is located in Tashan Villiage, Yinan [Industrial Area in Yiwu - tmciolek].

"Yiwu Shuanglin Scenic Zone
Located in Yunhuang Mountain of Tashan County, the scenic zone boasts two ancient temples of a thousand years old—Shuanglin Temple and Yunhuang Temple. […]
It is reported that Shuanglin Temple was built in South Liang Dynasty and opened by senior bonze Fu Dashi [Fu Ta-shih [傅大士] (497–569) (PY Fu Dashi; Jpn Fu-daishi)]. For 15 centuries it was famous for its large scale and senior bonzes coming forth in great number. In North Song Dynasty, there were 1200 rooms for 2000 monks and nuns. And it enjoyed the reputation of “the First in China” or “NO.3 in the world”. However, in 1958, the temple was totally destroyed during the big Lunge Movement. In 1986, the local people rebuilt the temple besides Shuanglin Reservoir. In June of 1994, the Municipal People’s Government decided to renovate the temple and exploit it into a scenic zone. In 1997, a solemn temple with vivid Buddhas, 1.6 meters higher than Linyin Temple in Hangzhou, stands at the foot of Yunhuang Mountain."

"Located at the foot of Yunhuang Mountain in Fotang town, Shuanglin Zen Temple was built in the 1 st year of Putong Regime of Liang Dynasty (520 A. D.). It has been well known to the world because it was prospected by Damo, established according to the imperial order from Emperor Wu of Liang Dynasty, and founded by Fu ta-shih.
Fu Ta-shih enjoys important status in the history of Buddhism. Shuanglin Temple has always been the center of Buddhist activities and Holy Land of Buddhism. […]
Shuanglin Temple was called in history ”No. 3 in the World, No. 1 in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces”. In Song Dynasty (North), there were over 1200 halls for monks. In the 3rd year of Zhiping Regime, an inscribed board of "Baolin Zen Temple" was bestowed from Emperor Yingzong. And in the 3rd year of Daguan Regime, it was bestowed farmland more than 10 qing (1 qing=6. 6667 hectares) from Emperor Huizong. At that time, monks were counted in thousands and nuns nearly one thousand in Zhiguan Buddhist Nunnery.

Yiwu, China Page
Other names: I-wu,Choucheng,Yiwuhsien,I-wu-hsien
World:China:Zhejiang Sheng
Lat 29.3086 Long 120.0697

Fotang, China Page
Other names: Fo-t'ang-chen
World:China:Zhejiang Sheng
Latitude 29.2053 Longitude 120.0136

Tashanxia, China Page
World:China:Zhejiang Sheng
Latitude 29.2050 Longitude 120.0622

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 17 Jul 2014

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 Shuanglin-1 monastery/nunnery, CN.

General location of the Shuanglin-1 monastery/nunnery, CN.
Lat 29.2015 Long 120.0665
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=29.2015,120.0665&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Shuangling-1 monastery/nunnery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Zhejiang Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

  • Mahayana - Thich Thien-An (1975:53)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Ch'an/Zen - Thich Thien-An (1975:53)

11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 0500-32c - tmciolek 17 Jul 2014
0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • Active c. 750 AD onwards - Thich Thien-An (1975:53)

13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 17 Jul 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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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