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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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(119) Shar steng Temple

1. Name

gSas khang gSang sngags bdud ’dul gling

2. Location

It is located in Shar steng village 45 km east of Ba yan (Hua long), the seat of Ba yan county, near the gSer gzhung (Jin yuan) village.

3. History

The temple was founded by rTse dbus tshang bSod nams g-yung drung dbang rgyal, the founder of To shes Temple (No.118); he founded Shar steng Temple a year after To shes Temple in 1919.

4. Hierarchical system

There is one leader and two dge bskos and two dbu mdzad. One of the two dbu mdzad is in fact deputy dbu mdzad, the deputy dbu mdzad is appointed for two years and then is appointed dbu mdzad for another two years, on a rotating basis and according to seniority. The lama is the deputy of the Temple’s principle master, and is responsible for disposing of the gtor ma during rituals.

5. Number of tantric practioners

There are seventy-three tantric practitioners in the gsas khang.

6 / 7. Current education and Educational exchange

The older practitioners teach the younger ones. Apart from To shes Temple with whom it shares the same master, bsTan ’dzin dbang rgyal, the temple has no ties with any other temple or monastery, since it is relatively isolated from the rest of the Bonpo community in the Kokonor area.

8 / 9. Rituals

Since the members of the temple, like those of To shes are lay practitioners and work as farmers, they practise individually on an irregular basis and gather only for the rituals which are exactly identical with those of To shes Temple.

There are two annual rituals based on the Yi dam kun ’dus and Dug lnga rang grol held by To shes and Shar steng in turn and a ritual of the gDugs dkar cycle from the 15th to the 20th day of the 11th month. Only ten practitioners gather for the minor rituals and these take place exactly the same way as those of To shes Temple.

12. Local community

The local community consists of fifty families (three hundred people in total) in Shar steng village.

13. Local festivals

Same as those of To shes Temple

14. Occupation of the local people

Agriculture

Source

(1) Interviews

Interviews in autumn of 1996 with: bsTan ’dzin dbang rgyal, on him, see To shes Temple.

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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.