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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

(108) Gling rgya Temple

1. Name

gSas khang mDo sngags phun tshogs dar rgyas gling

2. Location

Gling rgya village (latitude: 35°35’96”N, longitude: 102°08’03”E)

5. Number of practitioners

There are one hundred Bonpo tantric practitioners in the temple.

8 / 9. Rituals

Tshe dbang on the 10th of each month. Kun bzang, ’Bum pa and sPyi ’dul from the 13th to the 16th day of the 1st month. The initiation of the Yi dam kun ’dus and Zhi khro from the 14th to the 16th day of the 4th month. Tshe dbang and dBal gsas for abundant crops from the 5th to the 8th day of the 5th month. Kun bzang, ’Bum pa and sPyi ’dul from the 16th to the 18th day of the 11th month. The complete cycle of ’Bum pa from the 23rd to the 30th day of the 11th month. Kun bzang, ’Bum pa and sPyi ’dul from the 27th to the 30th day of the 12th month.

12. Local community

Three villages: dBang chen with twenty-four families, Tshe mkhar with twenty-four families, and rTen rgyal with twenty-seven families (seventy-eight families and three hundred and twenty-seven people altogether). There are one hundred and forty families of the rTen rgyal village living as nomads on the shores of the Kokonor, but they have been converted to Buddhism.

13. Local festivals

There is only one la btsas dedicated to the local deity rNgo tshang. According to some it was built by Grub thob Tshang pa, to others by Dung dkar Tshang pa. It is located 10 km from the temple and propitiated on the 9th day of the 4th month.

14. Economic occupation of 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.