Dolpo Bon Society

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Dolpo Bon Society

Postby phantom59 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:47 pm

Dolpo district is situated in most remote area of western Nepal. There are almost ten big Bon Buddhist monasteries and many small subsidiary monasteries in the region. Most of the big monasteries are tantric monastery headed by respective lineage holder. Traditionally there are no formal and fixed systems of education in these monasteries. However, general pattern is students attain basic knowledge of Tibetan language from their own homes before joining the monastery. Thereafter they take tantric vows and ordination from head lama on auspicious day.

After taking vows they are not allow to go out from the monastery premises for three years. In these three years they learn ritual performances, religious chanting, playing various religious instruments and making sacramental cakes. Moreover they have to accumulate mantras and perform meditation of various deities. After completion of three years’ learning and practice they are recognized as a real tantric. In such way they keep alive Bon culture and heritage. But unfortunately these days this system has nearly declined and fading every instant due to lack of facility and awareness among public.

Keeping all these important things in mind there were couple of meetings and conferences of many lamas and Geshes of different monasteries of Dolpo. As a result every representative unanimously decided to have some kind of particular society and centralized learning center. Hence Dolpo Bon Society was finally established.

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Brief introduction of Kunrig:
Kunrig is the biggest ritual offering in Bon tradition in terms of its
benefits, time taken for its performance and its cost.
Following are the five main Yidam (deities) involved in this ritual.

· Shivai Lha Tsog (Peaceful group of deities)
· Gyepai Lha Tsog(Group of enriching deities)
( Kunnang Chappa being main deties)

Wang Gi Lha Tsog (Initiation group of deities)
Drag Poe Lha Tsog (Wrathful group of deties)
Kusum Mai Lha'i Lha Tsog (Three bodies of fire deities)
The benefits of each Yidam:

Shivai Lha Tsog (Peaceful group of deities)
Gyepai Lha Tsog (Group of enriching deties) (Kunnang Chappa being main deties)
Wang Gi Lha Tsog (Initiation group of deities)
Drag Poe Lha Tsog (Wrathful group of deties)
Kusum Mai Lha'i Lha Tsog (Three bodies of fire deities)
The benefits of each Yidam:

Shivai Lha Tsog Purifies obscuration and accumulates merit.
Gyepai Lha Tsog Prolong life span, brings name, fame, luck, money and overall prosperity.
Wang Gi Lha Tsog Brings freedom in your work and decision and become more influential in the community.
Drag Poe Lha Tsog Subdues all the enemies and harmful spirits.
Kusum Mai Lha'i Lha Tsog has the power of all the above four deities by integrating them in itself.
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