One day in the life of a Bönpo tantric lama

Lubrak Tshultrim in 1996

Please see the following announcement for a talk by Charles Ramble entitled “One day in the life of Lubrak Tshultrim, a tantric lama of the Bon religion” (in French).

Lubrak Tshultrim is the heir of the founding lineage of the Lubrak Bönpo community in Lower Mustang, or Baragaon (a Tibetan-speaking region of northern Nepal) — a community of Bönpo tantric householder priests well known from Charles Ramble’s work in the area since the early 1980s. Lubrak Tshultrim’s ritual responsibilities are considerable, and he is called to officiate in the houses of lay (and, interestingly, predominantly Buddhist) patrons throughout Baragaon. Although the Bönpos constitute there today a very small minority, Lubrak Tshultrim is in effect one of the most active priests of the region.

Charles Ramble will be speaking in A. Herrou and A. Poujeau’s seminar, “Figures of monks, ascetics and other renunciants”, at the MAE (Maison de l’Ethnologie et de l’Archéologie) at Paris-Ouest Nanterre University. Please do join us.


Atelier “Figures de moines, ascètes et autres renonçants”
coordonné par
Adeline Herrou et Anna Poujeau
lundi 28 novembre 10h-12h
Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
salle 304
Charles Ramble (directeur d’études EPHE)

Une journée dans la vie de Lubrak Tshultrim, lama tantrique de la religion Bon

Cite this blog post
Nicolas Sihlé (2011, November 25). One day in the life of a Bönpo tantric lama. The Himalayas and beyond. Retrieved May 25, 2024, from

Nicolas Sihlé

Nicolas Sihlé, a sociocultural anthropologist, is researcher at the Center for Himalayan Studies, a research unit of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) based in Villejuif (France). He specializes on Tibetan religion and society, and is the author of Rituels bouddhiques de pouvoir et de violence : La figure du tantriste tibétain [Buddhist rituals of power and violence : The figure of the Tibetan tantrist] (Brepols, 2013). His current work focuses on post-Mao socioreligious transitions in and around the famous communities of non-monastic specialists of tantric Buddhism in northeast Tibet (Amdo), and more generally on the comparative anthropology of Buddhism.

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