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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

(143) Thar bde Monastery

1. Name of the monastery

Thar bde mi g-yo bsam gtan bon gling

2. Location

Thar bde Monastery is located on the bank of Yangtze, 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, Kun dga’ rnam rgyal, had two sons: lHa rgyal ’phags and Nyi ma. The former married to ensure the family’s descent, while the later became a monk and succeeded his father, but their dates remain uncertain. It is said that there were thirteen generations in the Thar bde succession, but, according to a history of the monastery, the lineage counted in fact seventeen generations. The monastery was wrecked during the Cultural Revolution and rebuilt in the 1980s.

5. Current number of monks

There are forty novices and monks in the monastery.

6. Current education

There are no organized classes. The young novices are trained by the elder monks.

8 / 9. Rituals

The bDe chen zhing sgrub from the 1st day of the 1st month. the bDe gling sa gnyis ’khrug gces from the 16th to the 22nd day of the 1st month; sTag la sgrub mchod from the 20th to the 29th day of the 9th month; Drel dmar for a few days every month.

10. Books held in the monastery

The monastery has a printed copy of Kanjur and various ritual texts.

11. Income and expenses

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

13. Local festivals

he mountain behind the monastery is called gTsang chen gzhi gnyan and is the abode of a local deity of the same name. The deity is propitiated by the monks on the 15th day of the 1st month.

14. Economic occupation of the local people

Farmers

Sources

(2) Texts
  1. Thar bde dgon gyi lo rgyus, anonymous, MS. 7 folios
  2. KGLG, Vol.1, pp.634-635
/bonpo-monasteries/b6-5-9/

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.