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Menri Monastery (Tibetan: སམན་རི་Wylie: sman ri — "medicine mountain") is a Bön monastery in Tibet. It was established in 1405 by Nyammey Sherab Gyeltsen (mnyam med shes rab rgyal mtshan, 13561416), and became the leading Bön monastery in the Tibetan cultural region. The abbot of Menri is recognized as the spiritual leader of Bön. Menri was destroyed by the Communist Chinese during the Cultural Revolution, but has been rebuilt and is an active monastery once again.

In 1967, Menri was re-founded at Dolanji in Himachal Pradesh, India by Lungtok Tenpai Nyima and Lopon Tenzin Namdak. This monastery has recreated the geshe training program, and is home to over two hundred monks. Menri in India and Triten Norbutse Monastery in Nepal now host the only two geshe programs in the Bön lineage.

See also

http://www.bonfoundation.org/

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