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Ke Ru Lha Khang: Cultural Preservation And Interdisciplinary Research In Central Tibet

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The monastery of Ke ru lha khang is located in an area called ’On and now belongs to Nedong County of Lhokha Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region. Before 1959 or 1966 a wealth of ancient statues and manuscripts were kept in this monastery; unfortunately many were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. The restoration of the monastery began in 1990 and is currently being continued. This chapter gives an outline of the project concerning these manuscripts that the author initiated after two research surveys in 1995 and 2000. After a thorough examination of the extant materials, the author believes that before the Cultural Revolution in 1966, there must have been three or four sets of the Bka’ ’gyur. From dynastic sources one knows that Khri Lde gtsug btsan built five temples and one of them was called Kwa chu. Later some texts started to call this temple Brag dmar Kwa chu.

Keywords: Bka’ ’gyur; Brag dmar Kwa chu; Central Tibet; Ke ru lha khang; Khri Lde gtsug btsan; Kwa chu; Lhokha Prefecture



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