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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.

Reb gong

(112) sDong skam Temple

1. Name

gSas khang gSang sngags bdud ’dul lhun grub gling

2. Location

sDong skam smad pa village

5. Number of practitioners

There are fifteen Bonpo tantric practitioners in the temple.

8 / 9. Rituals

The fasting ceremony (smyung gnas) from the 15th to the 16th day of the 4th month. dBal gsas from the 5th to the 10th day of the 5th month. dBal gsas and Khro bo from the 21st to the 30th day of the 11th month.

12. Local community

There are four villages with a total of ninety-nine families in sDong skam village but most of them have been converted to the dGe lugs pa tradition and also the rNying ma pa in the recent centuries. Only thirty Bonpo families comprising a total of hundred and four people remain as the temple’s former villages. As a result the temple is used by all three religious groups but on different dates.

13. Local festivals

The la btsas dedicated to the local deity called dMag dpon is said to have been built by Tshe dbang bkra shis, a chief of sDong skam village. It is located 200 m from the temple and is propitiated by both Bonpo and Buddhists on the 15th day of the 5th month.

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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.