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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

(185) Ka co Monastery

1. Name

Ka co monastery is also known as Ta rdo ko, after the hill on which it is located.

2. Location

It is located 78 km from ’Bar khams Township, seat of the county.

3. History

There are ruins of a monastery which are said to be very old and probably those of the original monastery, but no one seems to know who the founder was and when it was destroyed. The present monastery was founded by Dza rong Nyi ma bstan ’dzin, a master of Tsha lung Monastery (No.193) located in the same area but belonging to rMe ba county. The monastery was knocked down during the Cultural Revolution. It was rebuilt in the 1980s.

4. Hierarchical system

The monastery has a dgon bdag and the gnyer pa acts temporarily as head of the monastery in the absence of the dgon bdag who is Dza rong Nam mkha’ rin chen as mentioned above.

There are no other official positions.

5. Current number of monks

There were nine lay practitioners living with their families.

6. Current education

The younger practitioners are trained by the elder ones.

7. Educational exchange

The monastery is a branch of Tsha lung Monastery and Dza rong Nam mkha’ rin chen regularly visits the monastery to give teachings.

8 / 9. Rituals

The only annual ritual is that of the rNam par rgyal ba’i stong mchod which is performed for three days in the 5th month.

11. Income and expenses

The monastery has no regular Sources of income and depends on offerings.

12. Local lay community

The local community is the Ka co village with sixty-three families.

13. Local festivals

The mountain behind the monastery is known as Ta rdo ko and it has two la btsa: gYung drung lha rtse and Tshe ’dzin. The annual propitiation of the mountain spirit takes place in the 6th month.

14. Occupation of the local people

Farmers

Sources

(1) Interviews

In autumn 1998 with Dar lo (b.1938), a lay practitioner at the monastery

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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.