Taklung monastery, (near) Poindo/Lhunzhub, Xizang, CN

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“Taklung Monastery, Taklung stag-lung,[1] Taklung Yarthang Monastery, Pel Taklug Tang (dPal sTag lung thang) or Taklung or Taglung Gompa is a Kagyu Buddhist monastery about 120 km north of Lhasa.
[…] The monastery was founded in 1180 (or 1178) CE[1] by Taklung Thangpa Tashi Pal (1142–1210), on a site previously inhabited by a famous Kadampa lama, Potawa, who was a disciple of Dromton (1005–1064), Atisha's chief disciple. It is the main seat of the Taklung Kagyu, one of the four chief schools of the Kagyu sect.[2][3][4]
Through the efforts of Taklung Thangpa Tashi Pal, and his immediate successors, the number of monks eventually increased to 7,000. The main temple known as the Tsuklakhang (the Jokhang of Taklung) was completed in 1228. […] The massive 13th century Tsuklakang and the Markang or Red Temple now just form extensive ruins. However, the Jampa Lhakhang dedicated to Maitreya, the Reliquary Lhakhang which contains the remains of the now-looted enormous stupas which once contained the remains of Lhakhang's three founders, the Dargyeling Temple with its statue of Aksobhya Buddha, and the Assembly Hall or Zhelrekhang, and some smaller buildings have been reconstructed. […] 30.133333, 91.1[…]”

“Taklung Kagyu (stag lungs bka' brgyud) [sect] named after Taklung monastery established in 1180 by Taklung Tangpa Tashi Pal (stag lung thang pa bkra shis dpal) (1142–1210).” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagyu

Daglung monastery. Kagyu sect. Founded in 1180 by Daglung Tangpa Zhaxibai - LI Tao and JIANG Hong Ying (2003:49)

“ […] the sprawling monastic complex of Talung (or Ta-glung; Dalong Si in Chinese) […]” - Mayhew, Kelly and Bellezza (2008:151)
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 09, 2013

"[Druptop Yeshe Tsekpa (1134-1194) - http://subjects.thlib.org/categories/884/children/898 = Drubthob Yeshe Tsegpa or Yelpa Yeshe Tsegpa - tmciolek] “Back in his home region of Kham, he spent a few years going from place to place. When he was thirty-eight, in 1171, he founded the monastery of Yelpuk (yel phug) and there he headed the assembly for eighteen years. In 1175 he founded Gonlung (dgon lung) Monastery. Then in 1188 a patron made an offering of a monastery in the Nangchen (nang chen) realm that would be called Tana (rta rna), which means ‘Horse Ear,' where he gathered many students. […] Then in 1192 still other patrons permitted him to found the monastery of Tojang (stod 'jang), also known as Dodzong (rdo rdzong). […] The monasteries he founded were cared for by his disciple Khenchen Puwa (mkhan chen phu ba).” http://www.treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Yelpa-Yeshe-Tsek/7636

“Taklungtangpa (1142-1209/1210), one of the main disciples of Pakmodrupa, stands at the head of the Taklung Kagyu lineage. He founded Taklungtang Monastery in about the year 1180.” - http://dev.treasuryoflives.org/tradition/Marpa-Kagyu

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 Apr 2013

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 Taklung monastery, CN.

General location of the Taklung monastery, CN.
Lat 30.15596 Long 91.22160
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Taklung monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 30.15596 Long 91.22160 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 09 Feb 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

  • Kagyu - LI Tao and JIANG Hong Ying (2003: 49)

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1167-99c - tmciolek 12 Feb 2013
  • 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • Ruined druing the Cultural revolution, slowly rebuilt and active in the 2000s - Mayhew, Kelly and Bellezza (2008:151)
  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 12 Feb 2013

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

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

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18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
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  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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