Contents: Preface/Yasuhiko Nagano. 1. Introduction/Samten G. Karmay. List of the monasteries surveyed. 2. Bonpo Monasteries and Temples in Central Tibet/Dondrup Lhagyal. 3. Bonpo Monasteries and Temples in Nagchu, Chamdo and Ngari Regions/Phunsto Tsering Sharyul. 4. Bonpo Monasteries and Temples in Tibetan Regions in Qinghai, Gansu, and Sichuan/Tsering Thar. 5. Bonpo Monasteries and Temples of the Himalayan Region/Charles Ramble and Marietta Kind. Terms of governing system and duties in monasteries. Index.
"This book is an outcome of General Survey of Monasteries, Temples and Hermitages of the Bon Religion, known as gYung Drung Bon. It contain the result of the field work done by the team of scholars of National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka Japan headed by Dr. Yasuhiko Nagano and Dr. Samten G. Karmay.
Such concrete and detailed description of the Bonpo Monasteries and people, based on extensive field work, has never before appeared since the beginning of Tibetology. The field survey of actual conditions of Bon Culture was conducted in TAR, Tibet Areas in China, India and Nepal. The four scholars who surveyed the Monasteries Temples and hermitage reached at the conclusion that the Monastic System in the Bon Tradition goes back upto the eleventh century, when the Buddhists began to re-establish their monasteries. This publication will prove to be significant milestone for future studies of Tibetan Culture." (jacket)