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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

(97) gTer ri Monastery

1. Name

The monastery was called gTer ri, the “hill of hidden treasures”, because a cymbal (sbub chol) was discovered at the site on which it was built.

2. Location

The monastery is located near Tshong ’dus village, on the east bank of En ’dzi river in En ’dzi valley of Kha ba district (xiang) in The bo County, about 50 km from the seat of the county (latitude: 34°06’55”N, longitude: 103°25’61”E).

3. History

The monastery appears to have been founded in 1524 by Blo bzang don grub, a reputable lay person (DBSJ, p.100; TLPY, p.66). According to legend, shortly after its foundation the monastery fell into decline. Two lamas from gSer gzhong Monastery came to look after it, as it was a branch monastery of gSer gzhong. The complex comprised one assembly hall, one temple and living quarters housing more than twenty monks (DBSJ, p.100; TLPY, p.66). The monastery was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. It has not been rebuilt and the Bonpo people living in the area go to the local rNying ma pa monastery for their religious affairs.

8 / 9. Rituals

The smon lam prayer ceremony at the beginning of the 1st month was performed in conjunction with gSer gzhong Monastery. There was the ’cham dance on the 11th day of the 11th month.

12. Local community

The local lay community of the monastery consists of six villages: lTag ga kha, Nyi ri kha, Be ri kha, ’Og sa kha, Tshong ’du and gNyan bza’ (more than thirty families in total).

13. Local festivals

The local people celebrate the renewal of the la btsas dedicated to the local deity of Mount Sa dkar on the 1st day of the 4th month. The la btsas is situated at the top of the mountain behind the monastery.

14. Occupation of the local people

Farming

Sources

(1) Interviews:

Interviews with: lH ba, born in 1932; A skal, a monk from Ze kha Monastery, born in 1932.

(2) Texts
  1. BHMT
  2. DBSJ
  3. KBTL
  4. KNGL
  5. KTSD
  6. TLPY
  7. ZNYZ
/bonpo-monasteries/b6-1-9/

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.