Zhaojue monastery, (in) Chengdu, Sichuan, CN

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"LEAVING Wenshu Temple, our party of four headed a few kilometers north to Zhaojue (Clear Awakening) Temple.
Founded in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it has, like many ancient sites, undergone repeated cycles of destruction and repair. […]
The temple’s history and practice are notable for two strains: the more common Chan (Zen) practice, and the less-common Mizong, an esoteric tradition closely related to Tibetan Buddhism."

"The Zhaojue Temple dates back to the 7th century and has since served as a model for many Japanese and Southeast Asian Buddhist temples. During the early Qing dynasty, Zhàojué Sì underwent extensive reconstruction […]
Little of the temple's original architecture survived the Cultural Revolution, and serious restoration work was only undertaken in the last decade. There are several pavilions, though all except the imposing prayer hall were being renovated at the time of research.
Zhaojue Temple is about 6km northeast of Chéngdū city centre. Loads of buses run to the nearby Zhaojue bus station (Zhàojué chēzhàn) from around town."

"Zhaojue temple is a famous Buddhism tempel, and is listed among the 4 monastic buildings and holy site in Sichuan province (the other three are repectively Wenshu temple in Chengdu, Baoguang temple in Xindu and Luohan temple in Shifange.
Zhaojue temple was first built in the 5th century, then destroyed several times with vicissitude of dynasties. One note - worth construction was dedicated by Monk Po Shan." - http://www.tibetmap.net/visits/sc/zhaojuetemple.htm

"The first name of the temple was “Jianyuan建元” and changed into “Zhaojue” in Tang Xuanzong唐宣宗 period, which reveals the principle of the Buddha-dharma “the one who attains to enlightenment enlightens others, the one who awakens his own nature awakens others’”. In Song Shenzong宋神宗 period (1078~1085), the temple was granted with royal title “Zen Forest in Ten Directions十方叢林”. In Song Gaozong宋高宗 period, the emperor’s teacher, great Zen Master Yuanwu Keqin圓悟克勤 was the abbot, and the temple was royally named “Zen Forest禪林”.
Since Tang Dynasty, many eminent monks and great Zen masters who have been abbots appeared at the temple, including Master Xiumeng 休夢of Tang Dynasty; Master Yanmei 延美, Chunbai 純白 and Yuanwu Keqin 圓悟克勤 of Song Dynasty; […] The most admirable is Yuanwu Kegin, who was the Grandmaster of Zen schools in the whole country. His writings, such as “Blue Cliff Record碧巖錄”, “Quotations of Yuanwu圓悟心要”, promoted the Chinese Zen culture to its peak, and becomes essential classics for Zen monks of later generations.[…]" - http://www.woodenfish.org/china/76-zhaojue-temple
Input by: tmciolek Sep 13 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 Sep 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 Zhaojue monastery, CN.

General location of the Zhaojue monastery, CN.
Lat 30.71123 Long 104.1033
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Zhaojue monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Sichuan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 30.71123 Long 104.1033 - based on visual identification of the Zhaojue site in maps/satellite imagery as well as in the Panoramio photographs, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 13 Sep 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

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early


MBM chrono-tag: 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p - tmciolek 14 Sep 2013
0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p 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

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13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag: 1200=> - tmciolek 14 Sep 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

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

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

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