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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.

Bonpo temples in sTong che

(128) ’Brog ru stong skor Temple

A rig stong skor gsas khang is located in 118 km northewest of Chabcha, the county town of Gonghe. The local people call it simply Ma ni khang.

It is said that sTong skor, which was a large tribe, spread from the sTong skor tribe of sTong che valley to Khri ka. In the past, these people were adherents of Bon. Almost all of them were converted to Buddhism. Only seven families remained Bonpo to this day.

In 1989 for the first time a temple was founded for the people. There are five lay tantrics in the temple where two annual rituals are performed: rNam rgyal stong mchod and sPyi ’dul. The performance of the first takes place from the 1st to 5th of the fifth month. This is performed by some monks from Dung dkar Monastery (No.132) which is situated in the same county, and the second is performed for a few days in the tenth month.

The people in sTong skor practise both agriculture and pastoralism.

Source

(1) Interviews

In autumn of 1996: sTag thar rgyal, a Bonpo lay trantric in the tribe

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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.