Taiyuan-1 monastery, (in) Luoyang, Henan, CN

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"Fa-tsang [法藏] [=Fazang] 643-712 AD - Among the disciples of Chih-yen, Fa-tsang was definitely the most outstanding one. He was also called 'Hsien-shou' [賢首], which meant 'the head of the wise', a respectful name given by his followers. […] Because of his tremendous effort in preaching and writing on the Hua-yen doctrines, Hua-yen sect was also called Hsien-shou sect [賢首宗]. In his youth, he assisted Hsuan-tsang [玄奘] [= Xuanzang] and I-tsing [義淨] [= Yijing] in the translation work. However, he was greatly impressed by the preaching of Chih-yen [= Zhiyan] and became his disciple in the Yun-hua Monastery. He was formally ordained at twenty-eight when he was appointed the abbot of the newly built Tai-yuan Monastery by the Empress Wu [武則天]."

Input by: tmciolek, Feb 23 2009

"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 Si in memory of her mother, Yongguo. It was at this time that Fazang was ordained and became a monk at this temple, probably at the empress's request. In 684, he met Divākara, a monk from middle India, at Xitaiyuan Si and studied Śīlabhadra's and Jñānaprabha's jiaopan (classification of Buddhist teachings). The next year he joined with Divākara for the translation of that portion of the Gaṇḍavyūha (an independent sūtra comprising the last chapter of the Huayan jing) that was missing from Buddhabhadra's translation of the text. He also frequently assisted such excellent translators as Devaprajñā, Śikṣānanda, and Yijing."

"Some sources say Fazang served at the Western Taiyuan Monastery in Chang'an, but I agree with Yen Chuan-ying that it was the Eastern Taiyuan Monastery in Luoyang [….] (also called the Fuxian Monastery and Weiguo Monastery) was established in Lady Yang's residence, which agrees with the statement in Fazang's biography that the empress established the Taiyuan Monastery by donating her mother's house." McNair (2007:2)

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 Taiyuan monastery, CN.

General location of the Taiyuan monastery, CN.
Lat 34.6540 Long 112.4001
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://maps.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Taiyuan monastery

2. Monastery's modern country

  • China:Henan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 34.6540 Long 112.4001 - these are coordinates of the Taiyuan Rd., in Luoyang, based on maps, http://maps.google.com/ - tmciolek, 01 Nov 2012.

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag: 0667-99c - tmciolek 13 Dec 2012
  • 0667-99c 0700-32p dated-e

12. Date-intermediate

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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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