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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.

Zung chu County

(207) Brag g-yung drung Hermitage

1. Name

The full name of the hermitage, which is actually a nunnery, is Brag dkar g-yung drung ’khyud rtse gsang chen smin grol gling.

2. Location

The hermitage is located 2 km on foot from dGa’ mal Monastery (No.208), at the top of the mountain behind the monastery, 34 km from Songpan, the seat of Zung chu county.

3. History

Brag g-yung drung is a hermitage of dGa’ mal Monastery. Its history is practically unknown. There are hermits who live in separate quarters.

In the 1980s Tshul khrims rnam dag, the forest guardian, who has lived as a tantric practitioner at the site for many years, obtained permission to build a nunnery. This is the only Bonpo nunnery in the area.

4. Hierarchical system

None

5. Number of hermits

There are twenty-six nuns in the nunnery and fifteen monk hermits.

6. Current education

The nuns are trained by the master of the nunnery either collectively or individually.

7. Educational exchange

The nunnery maintains close ties with dGa’ mal Monastery, which sends teachers there.

8 / 9. Rituals

The main ritual practice of the nunnery is based on the cycle of Ma rgyud, but there is also performance of rituals as follows:

  • 2nd month: practice of meditation in conjunction with a ceremony based on the rDzogs chen sku gsum rang shar by Shar rdza bKra shis rgyal mtshan
  • 4th month: the ritual practice based on the Tshe dbang bod yul ma by gYung drung gling pa, from the 4th to the 15th day
  • 6th month: the ritual practice based on the mKha’ ’gro gsang gcod by sPrul sku Khro gnyan rgyal mtsahn on the 14th and 15th days
  • 8th month: the ritual cycle of Ma rgyud on the 24th and 25th days finishing with a ’cham dance

11. Income and expenses

The nunnery has no regular Sources of income and depends on offerings from the faithful; the nuns and hermits provide their own food.

Sources

(1) Interviews

In autumn 1998 with Tshul khrims rnam dag (b.1945)

(2) Texts
  1. Brag dkar g-yung drung ’khyud rtse gsang chen smin grol gling gi lo rgyus nyung bsdus dwangs ’dren me long by Tshul khrims yar ’phel, MS
  2. gSang mchog gnas chen bya dur gyi bsang mchod lha lnga’i sgra dbyangs by sGra btsun Ye blo, MS
  3. Brag dkar g-yung drung nor bu spungs pa’i gnas bdag bskul ba, anonymous. MS
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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.