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by John Vincent Bellezza
Edited by Geoffrey Barstow, Mickey Stockwell and Michael White
Tibetan & Himalayan Library
Published under the THL Digital Text License.

II.1. Stelae and accompanying structures: Funerary and non-funerary structures

Khorbuk Doring’Khor sbug rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Khorbuk Doring’Khor sbug rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Innermost Circle Long-stone
  • Site number: C-31
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4860 m
  • Administrative location (township): RuntorRu ’thor
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: June 12, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: manima ṇi stones.
  • Maps: UTRS VI
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General site characteristics

Khorbuk Doring’Khor sbug rdo ring is located on the northwest edge of the vast basin, which opens on the west side of the Gotang GangriSgo thang gangs ri meridian range. The site is simply called DoringRdo ring and a proximate place Khorbuk’Khor sbug. From the site there are excellent views of the great meridian range to the east and south. The view to the west is cut by the ridge bounding the edge of the basin. The terrain is broad, level and gravelly. The isolated pillar is made of a gray igneous rock, is highly worn and hosts small bits of orange climax lichen. The tabular pillar is now 1.2 m in height and has a basal girth of 1.5 m. It is only 7 cm to 15 cm in thickness. Its broad sides are oriented north and south. Lying on the ground beside the pillar is its broken top, which is 40 cm long. It is reported that this monument was a victim of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. In a small stone crib, on the south side of the pillar, there are some old plaques inscribed with the manima ṇi mantra. The plaques are not well arranged and the site is generally neglected.

Oral tradition

According to drokpa’brog pa elders of RuntorRu ’thor, Khorbuk Doring’Khor sbug rdo ring emerged in primordial times. It is also said to be KatsenpoBka’ btsan po (same as ka nyenpoBka’ gnyan po), a place of much power but potentially dangerous. Untoward acts committed here are believed to be harshly punished.

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John Vincent Bellezza, (Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010), .

Bibliographic Citation

John Vincent Bellezza. . Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010.