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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.

Sikkim

(233) Zhu gYung drung kun grags gling

1. Name of monastery

Zhu gYung drung kun grags gling

2. Location

Southern Sikkim, in Kuisang/Kuising

3. History

The temple was built in the late 1980s by a certain gYung drung tshul khrims who, although not himself of the Zhu lineage, had connections with that family - hence the name of the temple. He himself is said to be the proprietor of a photo-studio in Gangtok.

4. Hierarchical system

There is one monk, name rNam rgyal, a product of sMan ri Monastery (No.231) in Dolanji, who is taking care of the teaching at the temple.

5. Number of monks/ priests

There are about a dozen young monks from local families.

6. The present educational system

See above

7. Personnel and educational exchange of monks between monasteries

Very limited exchange for the present, although the temple does receive visits from colleagues of rNam rgyal from Dolanji.

11. Books and manuscripts kept by the monastery

Mainly modern Indian reprints of Bonpo works

12. Economic circumstances of temple

The temple is supported by donations from the families of the young monks.

14. Economic occupation of the local population

The villagers in the vicinity of the temple are mainly sedentary farmers.

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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.