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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.

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(101) Bon brgya Temple

1. Name of the temple

Bon brgya gSas khang gSang sngags dar rgyas gling or briefly Bon brgya gsas khang.

2. Location

The temple is located in Bon brgya village in the middle of Bon brgya valley about 3 km east of Bon brgya Monastery (No.100).

5. Current number of priests

There are twenty one Bonpo tantric practitioners in the temple.

8 / 9. Rituals

Kun bzang and Tshe dbang in alternation on the 10th of each month. Rituals dedicated to Kun bzang and the sbyin sreg ritual known as the sNang srid zhi ba chen po from the 15th to the 24th day of the 1st month. Kun bzang and sPyi ’dul together from the 17th to the 22nd day of the 6th month, followed by the sbyin sreg ritual. Kun bzang and dBal gsas from the 11th to the 22nd day of the 11th month.

12. Local community

Three villages: La kha with twenty families, Thang tshang with six families, and Tshe dbang with ten families (one hundred and forty people altogether).

13. Local festivals

There are three la btsas connected to the temple: the la btsas of Bya khyung in Bon brgya thang built by rTse zhig rGyal ba tshul khrims, located 1 km from the temple the la btsas of gYung drung dgra ’dul, who is regarded as the spiritual son of rMa chen spom ra, is at the top of gSer khang thod hill, built by Bon brgya gYung drung phun tshogs, also located 1 km from the temple the la btsas sKyes ri on Ri dmar hill, 1 km from the temple; originally placed at the foot of the hill it was moved to the top by a practitioner called dByings rig rnam grol or ’Bum pa rgyal. All three local deities are propitiated on the 17th day of the 6th month.

At the top of Mount rGya rdung, 3 km from the village, there are two la btsas dedicated to the local deities known as A myes Bon sgang and A myes So ye that belonged to the no longer existing gDung nges Temple (see the introduction to this section).

14. Occupation of the local people

Agriculture

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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.