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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

(134) A rig stong skor Temple

1. Name

A rig stong skor gsas khang, but local people refer to it as Ma ni khang.

2. Location

The temple is located in a place 118 km northwest of Chab cha, the county town of Gonghe.

3. History

sTong skor is known, according to oral tradition, as a large tribe which was originally came from the sTong skor tribe of sTong che valley in Khri ka. They were formerly followers of the Bon religion. However, later almost all of them were converted to Buddhism except seven families who still continue to practise the Bon religion to this day. The temple was founded in 1989 and it was the first one.

5. Current number of practitioners

There are five lay tantrics in the temple.

8 / 9. Rituals

From the 1st to 5th of the fifth month, the ritual of rNam rgyal stong mchod is performed. In the tenth the ritual cycle of sPyi ’dul is performed. It has no fixed dates.

13. Local festivals

The mountain behind the temple is called gCas bcu and is believed to be a dwelling of the sixteen gNas brtan.

14. Occupation of the local people

Agriculture

Source

(1) Interviews

In autumn of 1996 with sTag thar rgyal, a Bonpo lay trantric who lives in the village

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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.