Rala Yungdrungling monastery, (near) Rela, Xizang, CN

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“Rala Yungdrung Ling Monastery is regarded as the ancestor monastery of Bon religion in Tibet. It raises questions as to what is Bon religion and does it have any connection with Tibetan Buddhism.
Rala Yungdrung Ling Monastery is located in Namling County of western Tibet's Shigatse Prefecture.
Built in the 7th century under Songtsan Gambo's reign, it's a well-known Monastery of Bon religion.”

“The Bonpo Yungdrungling Monastery is located across the river from the road between Lhasa and Shigatse. Once the second most influential Bon monastic institution in Tibet, it used to be home to 700 monks. Now the number declined  to 35, and the monks come from different factions of Bonpos, some even from as far as the Aba region of northern Sichuan.”

“Rala Yungdrung Ling Monastery, located in Namling County of western Tibet's Shigatse Prefecture is a well-known Bonpo (Bon) monastery built in 7th Century A.D. under Songtsan Gambo's reign.
The Bonpo or Bon religion is the primitive religion of ancient Tibetans, flourishing before the introduction of Buddhism into ancient Tibet.” - http://english.chinatibetnews.com/Gallery/2011-03/03/content_652002.htm

“12-kms from Solan, this monastery is the second oldest monastery in the world after the one present in Tibet.”

“The Ralak Yungdrungling Monastery is located at the foot of the Yulha Jiesam mountain in the Numa village in Namling County about 90 km. from Shigatse. The monastery is surrounded by dense wood. The climate here is pleasant and the environment tranquil and serene. The monastery is also one of the four major monasteries of Bon religion in Tibet, which was constructed by Jianggun Dawujian during the rule of Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century.” - http://www.tibetmaster.com/a/Destination_Guide/Shigatse_Attractions/236.html

“The Rela Yumdrolin Monastery […] was built in the 7th century during Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in power. It was destroyed in 8th century during Tibetan King Langdarma in power. In the fourteen Raojiong Horse Year in Tibetan Calendar (in 1834), the Darwa Jianzang of Bon Religion got the permission of tenth Dalai Lama and eighth Pachen Lama and Prince Regent Darcha Danbaigongbu to repair the monastery.”
Input by: tmciolek, Jan 28, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 28 Jan 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Rala Yungdrungling monastery, CN.

General location of the Rala Yungdrungling monastery, CN.
Lat 29.35969 Long 89.64749
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Rala Yungdrungling monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.35969 Long 89.64749 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 28 Jan 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

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8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Bon / Bonpo

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0633-66c - tmciolek 28 Jan 2013
  • 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag 0833-66c - tmciolek 28 Jan 2013

13. Date-late

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architectural

16. Additional notes

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

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