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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.

Li thang County

(172) rJi ngo Monastery

1. Name

The monastery is also known as ’Jam dbyangs khang.

3. History

rJi ngo Monastery is said to be very ancient, and to have been founded more than a thousand years ago, but so far no evidence in support of this claim has been found. According to legend, it started out as a hermitage and was transformed into a monastery in the 14th century. The religious masters of Khro skyabs, Brag steng and rTa’u visited the monastery at different times. A master from Khro skyabs is said to have enlarged the monastery. It was razed during the Cultural Revolution and was rebuilt by a group of thirty people from the local village in 1985.

5. Current number of monks

There are no monks in the monastery.

8 / 9. Rituals

The villagers gather at the monastery two days a month to observe the smyung gnas fast.

12. Local community

There are one hundred families in the brGya ’dres village.

13. Local festivals

There is a la btsas on Bo ri, the mountain behind the monastery, which is propitiated on the 15th day of the 4th month. Kha ba ston stan, another sacred mountain, (gnas ri) located behind Bo ri, is propitiated on the same date.

14. Economic occupation of the local people

Farmers

Sources

(1) Interviews

In autumn 1997 with: ’Bum thar (b.1934), a lay tantric practitioner of the village, sKal bzang nor bu (b.1930), a farmer of the village, rGya mtsho (b.1934), a lay tantric practitioner of the village, Nam mkha’ A rdo (b.1933), a farmer in the village, gYung drung (b.1948), a villager who works in the local government at the county seat.

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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.