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Yongdrung Rinchen cave – one of earliest Bon meditation cave

At noon, we arrived at Menshi Township, Gar County, Ngari Prefecture, at an altitude of 4430 meters. This is a small town guarding the G219 road. Large trucks and travelling cars are here to rest. We ate at a Northeast dumpling restaurant. Had lunch. All staple foods in Tibet, including rice, steamed buns, dumplings, steamed buns, and noodles, must be processed again in a pressure cooker, so there is no need to worry about unripeness. It’s just that the boiling water must be 70~80℃. If the stomach is not good, try to buy bottled water and boil it.

Yongdrung Rinchen cave belongs to the long history of our Tibetan old culture. it is about Bon Religion and then joined to the other sources than ancient Shangshung.

If you head west from Menshi Township, you will go straight to Shiquanhe Town (the seat of the capital of the Ali region). We will visit the ancient Xiangxiong civilization site ~ Qionglong Yincheng, so we left G219 from here and walked along the Xiangquan River to Qulong village. From Menshi Township to Qulong Village is a newly paved asphalt road with a two-lane road that is easy to walk. There is a sign pointing to Gurujia Temple in Menshi Township, and it seems that this place is going to be open for tourism.

Walk about 30 kilometers from the Monshi Country Road, and you will arrive at the ancient Rujia Temple. The ancient Rujia Temple (also known as the Ancient River Temple) is surrounded by mountains and rivers, with a quiet environment. It is the only Yongdrung Bon temple in the Ngari region. It is located at the foothills of Xiangxiong Qiongqin Bengba. Three tributaries of Langqin Tibetan cloth are located It meets nearby. The temple is currently being repaired, which will not affect the visit, and no tickets will be charged.

It was afternoon when we arrived. Maybe the lama who lived in the monastery went to eat, and the door of the main hall was locked. There was only a huge and simple brass lock. At this time, I happened to meet a student who was going to a university in the Mainland. He came to enjoy the incense with his family. When he saw that we wanted to go in very religiously, he took the initiative to invite a young lama. The lama was very enthusiastic and opened the door to the main hall for us to visit. When we wanted to ask him to explain, he was very difficult. At this time, the college students took the initiative to come over and act as an interpreter. It turned out that it was not the lama who was reluctant to introduce it, but that he could not speak Chinese. In fact, the lamas in most monasteries in Tibetan areas are very enthusiastic and are very willing to give some explanations. After all, this is also to promote the Dharma, but only because they can speak very few Chinese, which affects communication.

Under the introduction of the lama and the translation of the university students, we have some understanding of the ancient Rujia Temple and the Yongzhong Bon religion.

There is also Yongzhong Renqin cave, the earliest practice cave in Tibetan history. It is said that it is the practice cave of the Bon master zhananka (the year of his birth is unknown). It has a history of more than 2900 years. Master zhanbananka, also known as “master zhenbananga”, is the incarnation of Manjusri, known as the “father of Tantric school”, and the first of Xiangxiong’s 80 great achievers. Born in 915 BC in the holy land of wormolongren, he is the prince of the elephant king. As soon as he was born, he could recall the first 500 generations and foresee the future. Therefore, his father named him “zhanba”, which means to recall or realize. His body was blue, so his name was “Nanka”, which means emptiness, immaturity and purity, indicating that his positive views on religion were as vast as the sky.

In 1936, the Bonist master qiongqin living Buddha jinmeilanggaduojie built the ancient Rujia temple on the basis of the practice cave.

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