Taibai Mountain monastery, (towards) Taibai, Shaanxi, CN

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"Fazang was a son of Mi, a high-ranking army officer in the Tang dynasty. When he was sixteen years old he burned off one of his fingers as an offering to the Buddha before an Aśoka stupa [in Famen monastery - tmciolek] in which relics of the Buddha were enshrined. After seeking without success for a satisfactory teacher, he entered Mount Taibei, where he studied Mahayana Buddhism in seclusion. Some years later, hearing that his parents were ill, he returned home to Chang'an, where Zhiyan (later reckoned the second Huayan patriarch) was lecturing on the Huayan jing (Mahāvaipulya-buddhagaṇḍavyūha Sūtra) at the Yunhua Si. […] Subsequent to this encounter, Fazang became Zhiyan's disciple. In 668, when his master Zhiyan passed away, Fazang was still a layman. When he was twenty-eight, Empress Wu Zetian built a new temple named Taiyuan-2 Si in memory of her mother, Yongguo."

"In 659, when Fa Zang was 16 years old, he followed the crowd one day to the famous Fa Men Temple in today's Shaanxi Province in central China.
[… he left Chang'an for] Mount Tai Bai (太白山, also in modern Shaanxi Province). […] Mount Tai Bai is famous as a sacred Taoist ground dotted with many Buddhist monasteries. Fa Zang spent three years there studying various sutras. Then he left the mountain and joined Hsuan Tsang's [= Xuanzang] translation team."

"Fazang [… as a youth] became a recluse on nearby Mount Taibai, where he encountered masters of the Flower Garland (Avatamsaka) Sutra.

"Mount Taibai (Chinese: 太白山; pinyin: Tàibái Shān) is a mountain located on the border between Mei, Taibai and Zhouzhi counties in the south west of Shaanxi Province, China. […] (Taibai, meaning "Great White", is an ancient Chinese name for the planet Venus.) […] Lat 33.956667 Long 107.765"

Input by: tmciolek, Nov 01, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 01 Nov 2012

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 Taibai Mountain monastery, CN.

General location of the Taibai Mountain monastery, CN.
Lat 34.0647 Long 107.3056
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Taibai Mountain monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Shaanxi Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag: 0633-66c - tmciolek 13 Dec 2012
  • 0600-32p 0633-66c 0667-99p dated-x

13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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

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18. Available Printed Literature

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  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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