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Remarks On The Foundation And History Of Bsam Gling Dgon Pa

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The chapter discusses the cultural history of the monastery Bde ldan Bsam gtan gling, the main monastic residence of the Rgyal gshen Yang ngal lineage, founded 900 years ago by Yang ston rgyal mtshan rin chen mchog between the Byi cher and Sprad regions of Dolpo. The lamas of this monastery maintained close relations with the principal Bon po monasteries in Tibet, such as the Dben sa kha monastery in the G.yas ru Gtsang region. The chapter discusses following subjects: the reasons for the foundation of the Bsam gling monastery and benefits arising from its establishment; the process of befriending the lha klu at the time of the construction of the monastery; information on the relationship between the lamas of the monastery with the principal lamas of other monasteries; and a map of Bsam gling and the historical development of the monastic colleges and the customary annual festivals.

Keywords: Bon po monasteries; Bsam gling monastery; cultural history; Dolpo; lamas; Rgyal gshen Yang ngal lineage; Tibet; Yang ston rgyal mtshan rin chen mchog



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