Taktsang Palphug hermitage, (near) Paro, Paro Dzongkhag, BT

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Paro Taktsang (spa phro stag tshang / spa gro stag tshang), is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as The Tiger's Nest),[1] a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, Bhutan. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup (stag tshang seng ge bsam grub) cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated [for over 3 years] in the 8th century. [… Padmasambhava] established Buddhism and the Nyingmapa school of Mahayana Buddhism in Bhutan […] Padmasambhava's body imprint is stated to be imprinted on the wall of a cave near Kurje Lhakhang temple. In 853, Langchen Pelkyi Singye came to the cave to meditate and gave his name of Pelphug to the cave, "Pelkyi's cave".[5] […] From the 11th century, many Tibetan saints and eminent figures came to Taktsang to meditate, including Milarepa (1040–1123), Pha Dampa Sangye (died 1117), the Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön (1055–1145) and Thangton Gyelpo (1385–1464).[5] In the latter part of the 12th century, the Lapa School was established in Paro.[6] Between 12th and 17th centuries, many Lamas who came from Tibet established their monasteries in Bhutan. The first sanctuary to be built in the area dates to the 14th century […] 27.491911, 89.363489” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paro_Taktsang
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 16, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 16 Mar 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 Taktsang Palphug hermitage, BT.

General location of the Taktsang Palphug hermitage, BT.
Lat 27.491911 Long 89.363489
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Taktsang Palphug hermitage

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Buthan: Paro Dzongkhag

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 27.491911 Long 89.363489 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paro_Taktsang These coordinates have been confirmed visual identification of the site in satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 16 Mar 2013.

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

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p 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

13. Date-late

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

  • Many Tibetan monks came to Taktsang to meditate, including

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]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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