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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.

’Bar khams

(183) Kun ’brog Monastery

1. Name

The monastery’s full name is Kun ’brog (pronounced as Kub ro) g-yung drung dgon.

2. Location

The monastery is located 35 km southeast of ’Bar khams Township, the seat of county.

3. History

According to oral tradition, the monastery was founded two thousand years ago, but there are no written records and the details of its history remain unknown.

4. Hierarchical system

  • one bla ma
  • two dge skos
  • two gnyer pa

The dge bskos and gnyer pa are replaced every two years.

5. Current number of monks

There were twenty-one novices and monks in the monastery in autumn 1998.

6. Current education

The novice monks are trained by the elder monks.

7. Educational exchanges

The monastery is regarded as a branch of sNang zhig Monastery (No.180) in rNga khog and sends its novices there to study. There were five monks from sNang zhig Monastery when I visited the monastery in autumn 1998.

8 / 9. Rituals

The observance of the smyung gnas fasting from the 10th to the 15th day of the 4th month; the ritual based on the mNyam med bla sgrub from the 1st to the 6th of the 5th month; the ritual cycle of Khro bo from the the 15th to the 20th day of the 12th month.

10. Books held in the monastery

The monastery does not possess any collection of books. Only a few of the monks possess their own texts for liturgical purposes.

11. Income and expenses

The monastery depends on donations and has no regular Sources of income. The monks provide their own food.

12. Local community

The local lay community consists of two villlages: Kur bu with twenty families and Kor tag with thirty-six families.

14. Occupation of the local people

Farmers

Sources

(1) Interviews

During autumn 1998 with bZang po (b.1934)

(2) Texts
  1. rNga khul ’bar khams rdzong gi kun ’brog g-yung drung dgon pa’i lo rgyus mdor bsdus, in rNga ba khul gyi dgon pa’i lo rgyus, the Religion Bureau and Buddhist Association of rNga ba Prefecture, p.202
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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.