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Saldang Gompa
Dolpo is the land of Bon and Buddhism. Dolpo holds several century-old Bon and Buddhist monasteries, and, Some of them are dating back over 700 years.

 

Tibetan/Lama Buddhism
Guru Rinpoche
Padma Shambhava/Guru Rinpoche

Padmashambha or Guru Rinpoche is the founder of this prominent religion. Tibetan Buddhism is the major religion in Dolpo. All four Tibetan Buddhism sects such as; Shakya Pa, Nyima Pa, Kagyu Pa, and Gelug-Pa are commonly practiced across the Dolpo region. Nyingma Pa, the red hat sect is the most popular one, which aligned on the myth of Guru Rinpoche. Shakya Pa, ‘the gray earth’ school represents the scholarly tradition, headed by the Shakya Trinzin rarely practiced in Dolpo. Kagyu Pa, is concerned with the experimental dimension of meditation founded by Milarepa, an 11th-century mystic, has also few numbers of followers in Dolpo. Gelug-Pa the ‘way of virtue’ school was originally a reformist movement emphasis on logic and debate, was founded by Je Tsongkhapa in 14th to a 15th century, symbolically represents the yellow hat is also practiced in Dolpo.

Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and Gonpas in Dolpo
  1. Ribo Bumpa Gonpa – Dho Tarap
  2. Samye Choeling Gonpa – Saldang Village
  3. Mrgom Yangjer Gonpa – Nisal Village
  4. Jova Gonpa – Saldang Village
  5. Jampa Gonpa – Dho Tarap
  6. Dragmar Dewa Gonpa – Dho Tarap
  7. Sheding Dewa Gonpa – Chhyadul
  8. Kakar Labrang Gonpa –Dho Tarap
  9. Mekhyim Gonpa – Dho Tarap
  10. Nyima Phug Gonpa – Dho Tarap
  11. Dralung Gonpa – Tinje Village
  12. Komang Dratshang Gonpa – Komang Village
  13. Sachen Gonpa – Tsharka Village
  14. Shengding Gonpa –
  15. Laggon Neser Gonpa – Bhijer village
  16. Shel Sundo Gonpa – Shey
  17. Gomoche Gonpa – Shey
  18. Drigung Gonpa – Gumbatara village
  19. Surboche Gonpa –
  20. Hungdong Monastery – Mukot village
Shey Gonpa
Shey Gonpa

 

Bon Religion In Dolpo
Tonpa ShenRab Michow
 Tonpa ShenRab Michow

Bon religion revolves around the myths of its founder Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche, who lived in 18,000 years ago in a mythical land of Zhang Zhung near Tibet.Bon, an indigenous, ancient, pre-Buddhist religion still exists in Dolpo. Some of the oldest Bonpo monasteries are still reserves in Dolpo.

Bon religion is grounded on spirits and deities rather than philosophy; the religion is also an emphasis on tantras, hence it is sometimes regarded as Shamanism. Some of the Bon monasteries comprises in Dolpo are;

Bon Monasteries and Gonpa in Dolpo
  1. Yung Drung Shug Tshal Gling Monastery
  2. Dar Rgyas Phun Tshogs Gling Monastery
  3. Yang Dgon Monastery
  4. Sam Gling Monastery – Bijer village
  5. Tha’ srung Monastery – Rigmo village
  6. Pung mo and sPu mer Temples – Pugmo village
  7. Yung Drung Tre Ston Gling Monastery
  8. Srid Rgyal Monastery

 

Tha’ srung Monastery – Rigmo village
Tha’ srung Monastery – Ringmo village
 

 

 

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