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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

(121) sTong chung Temple

1. Name

sTong chung gSas khang

2. Location

The temple is located in sTong chung village, 100 km west of Ba yan (Hua long), the seat of Ba yan county.

3. History

According to an old text concerning the lineage of gZungs ’bum, a local Bonpo family, religious gatherings of the village began eighteen generations ago. The original site of these gatherings is not specified in the text. Later rTse dbus bSod nams g-yung dung dbang rgyal, the founder of To shes Temple (No.118) and Shar steng Temple (No.119), built a temple there. According to bsTan ’dzin dbang rgyal, the son of the builder, the temple was built in the early nineteen-forties.

4. Hierarchical system

  • principal master
  • bla ma, deputy principal master
  • two dge bskos
  • one dbu mdzad
  • one deputy dbu mdzad

Each member of the temple occupies the position of deputy dbu mdzad for two years and then that of dbu mdzad for another two years on a rotational basis and in order of seniority. The bla ma is responsible for preparing the gtor ma and disposing it during rituals.

8 / 9. Rituals

The dBal gsas cycle from the 15th to the 20th day in the 5th month and a ’cham performance on the 20th day of the same month.

Sources

(1) 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.