Chinese Buddhist Temple Gazetteers 《中國佛寺志》is an important historical material for the study of Chinese Buddhism, as it is a compilation of manuscripts and woodblock reprints, some of which are the only copy available in library in each country.
Gazetteers or local histories are a distinct genre of Chinese historiography. They are treasure houses containing topographical descriptions, architectual histories, biographies, poems, records of lineage & tradition, miracle stories, as well as information on geographical settings, local cultures, maps, portraits and much more. Gazetteers are usually written by scholars interested in a specific region, city or temple. Therefore, it was a compilation based on various resources. This project aims not only to tap into this wealth of information in order to deepen our understanding on the history of Chinese Buddhist, but also hopes to contribute minute effort in the preservation and circulation of such indispensable data.