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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

(107) Gyang ru Temple

1. Name

gSas khang Rig ’dzin thugs rje byang chub gling

2. Location

Gyang ru village (latitude: 35°28’95”N, longitude: 102°03’85”E)

5. Number of practitioners

There are sixty-seven Bonpo tantric practitioners in Gyang ru Temple.

8 / 9. Rituals and ceremonies

Kun bzang, Tshe dbang, dBal gsas and ’Bum pa, in turn, on the 10th of each month. A seven to eight-day ritual for the village in the 1st month, on a date determined beforehand by Bon brgya Trulku. dBal gsas and ’Bum pa, in alternation, from the 1st to the 8th day of the 5th month. Kun bzang and the ritual based on the sNang srid zhi ba chen mo for seven days starting on the 25th day of the 6th month. Kun bzang, dBal gsas and ’Bum pa from the 11th to the 7th day of the 11th month.

12. Local community

Two villages: Gyang ru gong ma with ten families and Gyang ru zhol ma with twenty-four families (two hundred and forty people altogether). The former village’s tutelary deity is dBal gsas, and that of the latter ’Bum pa.

13. Local festivals

There are seven la btsas connected to the temple:

  1. the la btsas of sTag lung constructed by A myes Thugs rje, about 20 km from the temple; the local deity is propitiated by the Bonpo, rNying ma pa and dGe lugs pa together on the 17th day of the 6th month, (the main officiants however must be Bonpo).
  2. the la btsas of sTag lung chung ba, located about 150 metres from the one just mentioned, and likewise propitiated on the 17th day of the 6th month.
  3. the la btsas of A myes gNyan steng on A myes gNyan steng hill, 2 km behind the temple, propitiated on 25 June.
  4. the la btsas of the local deities Bon rgan, Bon chung, Nyag ga and dBu rtse in Bon brgya khog 73 km from the temple; the last four are propitiated on the 6th day of th 7th month.

14. Economic 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.