Tiantong monastery, (towards) Ningbo, Zhejiang, CN

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"The highlight of our trip was easily our visit to Jingde (Bright Virtue) Monastery on Mt. Tiantong, where Dogen studied and received transmission from Tendo Nyojo." [=Tiantong Rujing]

"Tiantong Temple (c. 300 AD, rebuilt thereafter)
Tiantong Temple [Tiantong Si] (The Temple of the Heavenly Child) is one of the most important Chan (Japanese: Zen) Buddhist temples. Originally built during the West Jin Dynasty around 300 AD (some date it precisely from 265-316), it ranks second among the five sacred Chinese Zen Buddhist mountains. A very large complex of buildings, its one time total of 999 rooms has now shrunk to a "mere" 730 today arranged in twenty groups of buildings rising up the mountain slope. As one might imagine it is also one of China's largest Buddhist temples. Located in Zhejiang Province, about fifteen miles east of Ningbo and very near the Ayuwang (Asoka) temple [see on this site], Tiantong Temple is set into the sacred East mountain in the Tiantong Forest Park amidst thick woods and numerous famous scenic spots." Ciccione et al. (1998-2010: Tiantong)

In 1223-24, a place of Buddhist studies & meditation training of Eihei Dogen - (Kodera 1980:39-46,49)

Ningbo, China Page
Other names: Chiang-pei-an,Yin-hsien,Ning-po-shih,Ning-po,Ning-hsien
World:China:Zhejiang Sheng
Lat 29.8750 Long 121.5419

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 25, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 27 Jul 2010

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 Tiantong monastery, CN.

General location of the Tiantong monastery, CN.
Lat 29.8037 Long 121.7908
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2010.

Google Map link:


Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Tiantong monastery - Ciccione et al. (1998-2010: Tiantong)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Zhejiang Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Tiantong Si (The Temple of the Heavenly Child) - Ciccione et al. (1998-2010: Tiantong)
  • Jingde (Bright Virtue) Monastery - http://www.hazymoon.com/NewsWinter2008/tabid/74/Default.aspx
  • Ching-te Monastery on T'ien-t'ung Mountain - Kodera (1980:36)
  • T'ien-t'ung Ching-te Monastery on Ta'i-pai Mountain - Kodera (1980:152)

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 29.8037 Long 121.7908 - based on visual identification of the monastery in satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 27 Jul 2010.

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

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Chan/Zen - Ciccione et al. (1998-2010: Tiantong)

11. Date-early

  • 265-316 AD - Ciccione et al. (1998-2010: Tiantong)

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • Still in existence in 2002 - Ciccione et al. (1998-2010: Tiantong)

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

  • A very large complex of buildings, its one time total of 999 rooms has now shrunk to a "mere" 730 today arranged in twenty groups of buildings - Ciccione et al. (1998-2010: Tiantong)

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

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