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A Survey of Bonpo Monasteries
by Dondrup Lhagyal, Phuntso Tsering Sharyul, Tsering Thar, Charles Ramble and Marietta Kind
Edited by Samten G. Karmay and Yasuhiko Nagano
National Museum of Ethnology and THL
Reproduced with permission from the authors
under the THL Digital Text License.

The bo County

(94) Chags ri Monastery

1. Name

Chags ri Monastery. Its formal name is dPal ldan g-yung drung gling.

2. Location

The monastery is situated on the east bank of sTag ra chu dkar river in sTag ra valley (sTag ra district, Xiang), 60 km southeast of the county town (latitude: 33°51’65”N, longitude: 103°22’06”E).

3. History

The monastery was founded by a chief of the mGo rje village named Tshe lung (or Tshe lhun) in ca. 1868. It was moved to another site but because of some sort of threat to the monks’ lives, the monastery was moved back to its original site. Later, another disaster occured: three of the monks held up three horses belonging to the chief of Cone for reasons that remain unexplained. The chief of Cone retaliated by burning down the monastery. There is little information concerning the monastery’s history besides the fact that it was connected to A skyid sKyang tshang Monastery (No.194) in mDzod dge, and for this reason a monk of sKyang tshang called Dri med ’od zer undertook the reconstruction of the monastery in 1993.

5. Current number of monks

At present there are thirty-two and novices monks living in the monastery. As head of the monastery, Dri med ’od zer visits the site every year to inspect the reconstruction work and perform rituals.

7. Educational exchange

sKyang tshang Monastery of which it is a branch.

12. Local community

The local lay community of the monastery consists of six villages: mGo rje, sGang leb, Kun gtsang, Phu ba, mGo rtse and bSe shang. There are forty families in mGo rje, thirty-four in sGang leb, eleven in Kun gtsang, twenty in mGo rtse, and about twenty in bSe tshang.

13. Local festivals

There are three la btsas on Mount Ha mtsho the rgyab ri or mountain behind the monastery: two la btsas at the top belonging to two of the villages, Khro bo and sGang leb, and a common la btsas at the foot of the mountain propitiated by the entire local lay community. All three la btsas are renewed on the same dates: 13th day of the 1st month and the 13th day of the 4th month.

14. Occupation of the local people

Farming.

Sources:

(1) Interviews

In autumn of 1996 with: gYung drung ’gyur med (b.1935) and a monk of the monastery.

(2) Texts
  1. BHMT
  2. DBSJ
  3. KBTL
  4. KNGL
  5. KTSD
  6. TLPY
  7. ZNYZ
/bonpo-monasteries/b6-1-6/

Note Citation for Page

Dondrup Lhagyal, Phuntso Tsering Sharyul, Tsering Thar, Charles Ramble, and Marietta Kind, A Survey of Bonpo Monasteries and Temples in Tibet and the Himalaya (Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, 2003), .

Bibliographic Citation

Dondrup Lhagyal, Phuntso Tsering Sharyul, Tsering Thar, Charles Ramble, and Marietta Kind. A Survey of Bonpo Monasteries and Temples in Tibet and the Himalaya. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, 2003.