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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

(130) Bon brgya Tshogs ras (Tent Temple)

Tshogs ras signifies ‘cloth tent for gathering’.

In Amdo dialect, the sbra, ‘tent’ is pronounced as ‘ra’, so that tshogs sbra has become tshogs ras since the tent is now made of cotton.

Bon brgya Tshogs ras is one of the very few tent temples that is still used in Amdo. The Tent Temple has no fixed location. It is moved from one place to another just as the nomadic tents. Every year a new location for the tent is chosen to perform the annual rituals. These rituals are usually performed only in autumn on pasture so that the weather is still warm and convenient for the people to attend the ceremony.

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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.