Tangkya monastery, (near) Kunggar, Xizang, CN

Raw data

Tangkya Lhakhang - A few kms upstream of Kyichu/Lhasa River from Katse Lhakhang there is a bridge to Tangkya Qu. The monastery, like the nearby Katse monastery, was built by Emperor Sontsen Gampo in the 7th c. as a part of a geomantic project to subdue a she-demon who interfered with the construction of Buddhist structures in Lhasa. Restored by Ven. Lume in the 11th c. a new lhakang was built in 12th c. to house the relics of Lama Shikpo Rimpoche (1149-1199). The site became a Gelugpa monastery in the 17th c. - Dowman (1988:109-110)

Lorepa Wangchuk Tsondru (lo ras pa dbang phyug brtson 'grus) [d.1250] was born in 1187. […]
When the child was four, thinking to teach him the family business, his father took him along with several sheep to the slaughtering yard. […] Seeing how much this disturbed him, his parents decided he had an aptitude for dharma and took him to be named by the First Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa (karma pa 01 dus gsum mkhyen pa). The Karmapa gave him a blessing to protect his health, but declined to give him a name. He told them the only one capable of naming him was Zhigpo Dutsi (zhig po bdud rtsi) of Tangkya Lhakang (thang skya lha khang). […] When he was only seven his parents engaged him to marry a young girl […]”

Tangkya Lhakhang - Lacated in the village of Tangkya o the north bank of the kyi-chu, and accessible via a bridge a few kilometers north of Katsel, this geomantic temple was originally constructed in the seventh century by king Songtsen Gampo, and later restored by Lu-me during the 12th century.
Input by: tmciolek, Jan 17, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 17 Jan 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Tangkya monastery, CN.

General location of the Tangkya monastery, CN.
Lat 29.89315 Long 91.77326
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Tangkya monastery - Dowman (1988:109-110)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.89315 Long 91.77326 - based on the most probable visual identification of the monastery's site in maps/satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 17 Jan 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

  • [missing data]
  • Gelugpa monastery in the 17th c. - Dowman (1988:109)

11. Date-early

  • Built by Emperor Sontsen Gampo in the 7th c, to aid the construction of the Lhasa temples/monasteries - Dowman (1988:109)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0633-66c - tmciolek 17 Jan 2013
  • 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 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

  • Restored by Ven. Lume in the 11th c. - Dowman (1988:109-110)
  • a new lhakang was built in 12th c. to house the relics of Ven. Lama Shikpo Rimpoche (1149-1199) - Dowman (1988:109-110)
  • 17th c. - became a Gelugpa monastery - Dowman (1988:109-110)

13. Date-late

  • In existence in the late 1980s - Dowman (1988:109-110)
  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 17 Jan 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • A part of a series of geomantically located monasteries around Lhasa - Dowman (1988:109)

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

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

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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