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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

(102) Mag sar Temple

1. Name

gSas khang gYung drung bstan dar gling

2. Location

The temple is located in Mag sar village of Chu khog Township of Reb gong County, at the foot of Bon brgya Monastery, 100 m south of the monastery, (latitude: 35°25’58”N, longitude: 101°55’14”E).

3. History

The practitioners claim that they are the spiritual descendents of Khyung po bsTan pa dar rgyas, a famous local Bonpo practitioner.

5. Number of practitioners

There are twenty-six tantric practitioners in the temple.

8 / 9. Rituals and ceremonies

The tshogs ’khor rituals of the deities: Kun bzang, Tshe dbang, dBas gsas, Zhi khro and sPyi ’dul in alternation on the 10th of each month. Kun bzang and sPyi ’dul together from the 3rd to the 11th of the 11th month with ’cham. sPyi ’dul on the 25th to 30th of the 12th month.

12. Local community

The local community consists of four villages: Thang skor with twenty families; dGa’ skor also with twenty families, rTswa ring with five families, gNas lung with seven families. Altogether forty families and two hundred and twenty-six people.

13. Local festivals

There are three la btsas, cairn around the temple. 1. the la btsas of Zho lung built in the past by the village children for fun. It was later moved up to Mount Zho lung 1.5 km from the temple, following a prophecy made by Khyung mo sGrub pa mthar phyin. The local deity (yul lha) Zho lung is propitiated on the 9th day of the 5th month. 2. the la btsas of ’Dzoms lung is situated on Mount Ri rgod, 4 km from the temple, also propitiated on the 9th day of the 5th month. 3. the la btsas of rGya ’du is on Mount rNga skyes, 5 km from the temple, propitiated on the 17thday of the 6th month.

14. Occupation of the local population

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.