FW: [n/a] Mapping Buddhist Monasteries 200-1200 CE Project

JKirkpatrick jkirk at SPRO.NET
Tue Jan 18 00:17:02 UTC 2011

Dear List,
This is one super contribution to visualising the ancient
Buddhist monastic communities in Asia.
Please view.

Best wishes,
Joanna Kirkpatrick

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The Asian Studies WWW Monitor:  Jan 2011, Vol. 18, No. 1 (320)
18 Jan 2011

Mapping Buddhist Monasteries 200-1200 CE Project

monastic-asia.wikidot.com, Ann Arbor: Center for South Asian
Studies, University of Michigan, USA; Canberra: www.ciolek.com -
Asia Pacific Research Online, Australia; & Newton, MA: Lasell
College, USA.

"GORDON, Stewart, T. Matthew Ciolek & Lizabeth H. Piel, Work in
progress, 2009-present, Mapping Buddhist Monasteries 200-1200 CE
Project. [...]

The Project aims to:
* catalogue,
* crosscheck, verify and interrelate the collected data,
* georeference and, finally,
* map online (using KML markup & Google Maps technology) details
of communication, contacts and affinities between as many as
possible of the Buddhist monasteries and convents known to have
operated in South Asia, SE Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia from
approx. 200 CE till approx. 1200 CE.

[...] From its North Indian origins Buddhism expanded across much
of Asia, including Southern India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan,
Central Asia and Tibet, Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan.
In contrast to studies of 'Chinese' Buddhism or 'Vietnamese'
Buddhism, this project focuses on the early medieaval monastic
institutions across the entire Buddhist world.
During the first 18 months of work conducted via the Internet
from three different time-zones in the USA and Australia, we have
constructed a freely accessible online database of easily
correctable information on over 500 Asian monastic institutions.
The data include
their: (1) exact geographical coordinates; (2) official and
variant names; (3) probable doctrinal affiliations; (4)
architectural form;
(5) probable organizational characteristics; (6) probable
chronology and dating. Each monastery is linked directly to its
position in GoogleEarth, allowing an overall or close up view of
the site. Many sites have embedded photos of architectural

In September 2010 we have now begun the second phase of the
recording evidence of bilateral connections between monasteries,
such as the longstanding links between Sri Lankan monasteries and

What, however, were the overall Asian patterns? How did
long-distance flows of students, teachers, relics, books,
sculpture, paintings and donations influence intellectual,
religious, artistic, even economic and political developments?
What were the main types and styles of inter-monastic Buddhist
communications [= exchanges of information, in oral and written
formats], contacts [= flows of personnel] and affinities [=
political, doctrinal, intellectual and artistic links and
parallels]? Did they significantly vary with changes to their
geographical, cultural, political, or temporal contexts?
In other words, the project systematically documents, maps and
explores the intimate contours of a closely interlinked and
mutually influential Buddhist world.
We invite interested scholars to critique our efforts so-far, to
contribute new data or refinements, and to join our online team."

Site contents:
* Bibliography page [in mid-Jan 2011 it listed over 180 printed
and/or electronic publications];
* Chronologies page (Arabian Peninsula, Burma, Byzantium,
Cambodia, Central Asia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Persia,
Afghanistan and Transoxiana, Vietnam [Annam, Nam Viet, Dai Viet],
Vietnam [Champa]);
* Map scales [from 1:22M to 1: 15K] & amp; measurements page;
* Methodology page [under construction];
* Sanskrit fonts (cut & paste);
* Monasteries A to Z [In mid-Jan 2011 the site recorded details
of over 510 individual monasteries and monastic clusters. Data
format: # Raw data, # Final data (and their sources): A. Lat/Long
accuracy [to the nearest 200m, 2km, 20km], B. General location of
the monastery in question, C. Google Map link, 1. Monastery's
name, 2. 
Monastery's modern country & province, 3. Monastery's
alternative/historical names, 4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates
[in decimal degrees], 5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries,
Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village, 7. The
settlement's alternative/historical names, 8. The settlement's
coordinates [in decimal degrees], 9. Monastery's major Buddhist
tradition, 10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition, 11.
Date-early, 12. Date-intermediate, 13. Date-late, 14. Details of
contacts with other monasteries, 15. Type of evidence regarding
the monastery, 16. 
Additional notes [missing data (incl. details of the size of the
monastic population)], 17. Corrections & addenda to this page
were kindly provided by ..., #Page tags.];
* Electronic Atlas
using GoogleEarth and the KML files] (Map A. Monasteries
North-West (= areas between Lat 39.0 - 60.0 N and Long 55.0 -
99.9 E), Map B. Monasteries North-East (= areas between Lat 39.0
- 60.0 N and Long 100.0 - 150.0 E, incl. today's Korea & Japan),
Map C. Monasteries Central-West (= areas between Lat 26.0 - 38.99
N and Long 55.0 - 99.9 E), Map D. Monasteries Central-East (=
areas between Lat 26.0 - 38.99 N and Long 100.0 - 150.0 E), Map
E. Monasteries South-West (= areas between 10.0 S - 25.99 N and
Long 55.0 - 99.9 E), Map F. Monasteries South-East (= areas
between 10.0 S - 25.99 N and Long 100.0 - 150.0 E));
* Unidentified Places [a list of highly problematic sites];
* How to edit pages?;
* Recent changes;
* Raw & temporary data;
* Access pages by tags: (200m, 20km, 2km, a, afghanistan,
apparatus, b, bangladesh, c, cave, central-asia, chan/zen,
charted, china, cluster, d, e, east-asia, f, fahien, g, h, hoko,
hosso, hua-yen, huichao, i, india, indonesia, j, japan, k,
kashmir, kegon, korea, kyrgyzstan, l, lokottaravada, m,
mahasanghika, mahayana, mahayana?, mapped, monastery, monastery?,
mt., muro-ha, myanmar, myogen, n, nanzan, nepal, nunnery, o, p,
pagoda, pakistan, q, r, redirect, ritsu, s, sammitiya, sanron,
sarvastivada, shingon, shokannon, shotoku, south-asia,
south-east-asia, spot, sri-lanka, stupa, sungyun, swat-valley, t,
tajikistan, tantra, template, tendai, thailand, theravada,
theravada?, tibet, tradition?, turkmenistan, u, uncharted,
university, unmapped, uzbekistan, v, vajrayana, vajrayana?,
vietnam, vinaya, w, western-china, x, xuanzang, y, yijing, z);
* Recent posts & comments [under construction];
* 20 most recently created pages [incl.: # Sensoji monastery,
(in) Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, JP; # Kitain monastery, (in)
Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, JP; # Hwangnyongsa monastery, (in)
Kyongju, Gyeongsanguk-do, KR; # Kizil monastery, (near) Kizil,
Xinjiang, CN; # Qumtura monastery, (towards) Kuqa, Xinjiang, CN;
# Singim monastery,
(near) Singim, Xinjiang, CN; # Yulin monastery?, (near) Guazhou,
Gansu, CN];
* Central Asia (Central Asia - all, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Western China);
* East Asia (East Asia - all, China, Japan, Korea);
* South Asia (South Asia - all, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan
[under construction], India, Kashmir, Nepal, Pakistan, Sikkim
[under construction], Sri Lanka, Swat, Tibet);
* South-East Asia (SEAsia - all, Cambodia [under construction],
Indonesia, Laos [under construction], Myanmar, Thailand,
* Aspects of data (Monastic clusters, Cave sites, Pagoda sites,
Stupa sites, University sites);
* Abstract;
* Citation format;
* Contact;
* Search this site.

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Dr T. Matthew Ciolek   tmciolek--at--coombs.anu.edu.au
Head, Internet Publications Bureau, RSPAS, ANU College of Asia
and the Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra,
Australia ph +61 (02) 6125 3124 fax: +61 (02) 62571893 also, Asia
Pacific Research Online at www.ciolek.com

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