Song Lam monastery, (in) Phu Ninh, Bac-Ninh, VN

Raw data

A Zen master named La Qui (851 - 936 CE) lived and taught at a monastery named Song Lam. It was located in Phu Ninh Village Thien Duc Prefecture.

See Cuong Tu Nguyen, Zen in Medieval Vietnam: A Study and Translation of the Thien Uyen Tap Anh (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1997) 169.

Src: Vietnam

Input by: Stewart Gordon, Jan 19, 2010

"Elder La Quy [羅貴(852-936) - tmc], of the Song lâm temple雙林寺, Phù ninh扶寧 village, Thiên đức天德 prefecture [Bac Ninh Province - tmc], had been, in his youth, setting foot to the outworld, paying visit lots of Thiền Masters all over the country." Tue Sy (2009).

Phu Ninh, Vietnam Page
Other names: Phù Ninh
Lat 21.0833 Long 105.9500

Input by: tmciolek, Feb 10, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 18 Jul 2014

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

Location of Song Lam monastery, VN.

General location of the Song Lam monastery, VN.
Lat 21.0770 Long 105.9460
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20VN)&ll=21.0770,105.9460&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Song Lam monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Vietnam: Bac-Ninh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 21.0770 Long 105.9460 - based on visual indentification of structures resembling the monastery, using satellite maps in - tmciolek, 10 Feb 2010.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

Phu Ninh -

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Ch'an/Zen

11. Date-early

  • 850 CE

MBM chrono-tag 0833-66c - tmciolek 18 Jul 2014
0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • A monk called La Quy (852-936) has lived in the Song lâm temple - Tue Sy (2009).

MBM chrono-tag 0900-32c - tmciolek 18 Jul 2014

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • This monk cast a statue for the Luc To monastery, in the same region.

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Biography

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

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

  • [missing data]

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