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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.

Derge County

(144) Rab rgyal Monastery

1. Name of the monastery

Rab rgyal

2. Location

The monastery is located on the bank of Yangtze which is the borderline between TAR and Sichuan Province.

It takes two days on horseback to reach there from the county town of Derge.

3. History

The founder of the monastery was bsTan pa lhun grub from Ri rtse drug in Khyung po, but the exact date of its foundation remains unknown. Mention is made of thirteen successive heads of the monastery, but their names remain unclear. The monastery was wrecked during the Cultural Revolution and was rebuilt by old monks of the monastery in the 1980s.

5. Current number of monks

There are twenty novices and monks at the monastery.

6. Current education

They have no organized classes, but the young monks are trained by the elder monks.

8 / 9. Rituals

There are two important annual rituals: the summer offerings (dbyar mchod) for fifteen days and the winter offerings (dgun mchod) for seven days. The former is concernd with rNam par rgyal ba, an aspect of gShen rab Mi bo and the latter, with the tutelary deity Khro bo.

11. Income and expenses

The monastery has no regular Sources of income and depends on offerings from the faithful. The monks provide their own food.

14. Occupation of the local people

Farmers and nomads

I was told that there was no one in the monastery when I was just about to go to Rab rgyal and Thar bde Monasteries from Derge in autumn in 1997. I therefore could not visit them. This is why I have so little information concerning these monasteries.

Source

(2) Texts
  1. KGLG, Vol.1, pp. 629-630
/bonpo-monasteries/b6-5-10/

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.