Discussion of the fifth religious tradition of Tibet.
1. rTse zhig Monastery or gYung drung bon bstan ’phel rgyas gling is also called rTse dbus Monastery. rTse zhig belongs to the group of 9 or 18 great Bönpo tribes in Amdo known as Zhig (zhig chen dgu dang yang na bco brgyad).
rTse zhig is the only Bonpo monastery in bSang chu (it also known as Xia he in Chinese) County of Kan lho (Gan nan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and is situated in rTa khra’i gzhung, 30 km north of the county town where Bla brang Monastery is located.
The monastery was founded by sGom chen gYyung drung rgyal mtshan, he is also called sTong nyid bya ’phur. His principal teacher was Zhu sgom ’phrul zhig chen po (KTGN p.8), a son of Zhu skye se chen po.
The teaching lineage may be traced back to Zhu yas legs po, a famous disciple of gShen chen Klu dga’. Sras lha rje skyid po was a disciple of Zhu yas legs po and the teacher of Zhu skye se chen po; dGongs mdzod ri khrod chen po, another disciple of Zhu skye se chen po, was a contemporary of Zhu sgom ’phrul zhig chen po.
dGongs mdzod ri khrod chen po was born in the the Earth-Tiger year of the first Rab byung (1038). Since dGongs mdzod ri khrod chen po and Zhu sgom ’phrul zhig chen po were both contemporaries of sTong nyid bya ’phur who founded the monastery (TZLD p.4, KTGN p.8), we may assume that the monastery was built at least nine hundred years ago.
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