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Grand ceremony held to enthrone new head of Tibet’s Bon religion

The 34th Kyabje Menri Trizin, the head of Tibet’s pre-Buddhist religion Bonm was enthroned in a grand ceremony held at the Menri Monastery, located in Dolanji, Himachal Pradesh, India, over Sep 6-7. President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Central Tibetan Administration making a mandala offering. (Photo courtesy: TIBET.NET)
The 34th Kyabje Menri Trizin, the head of Tibet’s pre-Buddhist religion Bonm was enthroned in a grand ceremony held at the Menri Monastery, located in Dolanji, Himachal Pradesh, India, over Sep 6-7. President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Central Tibetan Administration making a mandala offering. (Photo courtesy: TIBET.NET)

(TibetanReview.net, Sep09, 2018) – The 34th Kyabje Menri Trizin, the head of Tibet’s pre-Buddhist religion Bonm was enthroned in a grand ceremony held at the Menri Monastery, located in Dolanji, Himachal Pradesh, India, over Sep 6-7. The new head, Dawa Dhargye Rinpoche, was earlier chosen on Jan 1, which was followed by a brief enthronement ceremony on Feb 20, the birth anniversary of Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen, the founder of the principal Bon monastery of Menri.

Those who took part in the elaborate ceremony included President Lobsang Sangay of the Kashag and Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile from the Central Tibetan Administration.

The previous Kyabje Menri Trizin Lungtok, Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, had passed away on Sep 14, 2017.

The selection of his successor was carried out by a process in which candidates were shortlisted by rounds of elimination carried out by consulting the protector deities of the Bon tradition.

The process was overseen by Menri Lopön Thrinley Nyima Rinpoche, Triten Norbutse Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche and other distinguished Bon Lamas and began on Dec 19, 2017. It began with a pool of some 60 candidates.

The 34th Menri Trizin, Geshe Dawa Dhargay, was born in 1972 in Sharkhog in Tibet’s traditional province of Amdo.

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