A Collection of Studies on the

Tibetan Bon Tradition


CONTENT

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THE BON RELIGION by Tsering Dhundup 1

THE BON RELIGION – AN INTRODUCION by Per Kvaerne 6

The Bonpo tradition 11
The Founder of Bon and His Teachings 11
Three brothers 11
Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche 11
Tonpa Shenrab taught his doctrines in two systems 12
The Propagation of Bon in Zhang-Zhung and Tibet 14
Zhang-Zhung 14
Persecutions 14
Resurgence of Bon 15
Menri monastery 16
The Bon Pantheon and Religious Commitment 16
The Bon Pantheon 16
Religious Commitment 17
Monastic life 17
Ngagpas 17
Dzogchen 18
Chod 18

OLMO LUNGRING: THE IMPERISHABLE SACRED LAND by John Reynolds 20

BON – A HETERODOX SYSTEM by John Powers 26
Introduction 26
Animism in Tibetan Folk Religion 27
Types of Spirits 28
Bon Teachings and Practices 29

ANCIENT TIBETAN BONPO SHAMANISM by John Myrdhin Reynolds 30

SHAMANISM IN THE NATIVE BON TRADITION by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche 37

THE CONDENSED MEANING OF AN EXPLANATION OF THE TEACHINGS OF
YUNGDRUNG BON by Lopön Tenzin Namdak 43

Introduction 43
The Path of Renunciation 43
The Path of Transformation 44
II
The Path of Liberation 45
The Cycle of Teaching 46
The five Science 46
The Nine Ways- the First Cycle 47
The Four Doors and the Treasury the Second Cycle 48
The Final Cycle 48
The four Causal Ways 49

THE MOTHER TANTRAS OF THE BON TRADITION by Marco Alejandro Chaoul 49
The structure of the Secret Mother Tantra 53

A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF TAPIHRITSA by Lopön Tenzin Namdak 58

THE NINE WAYS OF BON by D.L. Snellgrove 60
The Bonpos 60
The Source of the 9 Ways of Bon 62
The Chapters of the gZi-brjid 63
Remarks On The 9 Ways Edition 65
I. The way of Shen of the Predicion (phyva-gshen theg-pa) 66
II. The way of Shen of the visual world (snang-gshen theg-pa) 66
III. The way of Shen of Illusion (hprul-gshen theg-pa) 67
IV. The way of Shen of existence (srid-gshen theg-pa) 67
V. The way of Shen of the virtuous adherers (dge-bsnyen theg-pa) 67
VI. The way of Shen of the great ascetics (drang-srong theg-pa) 68
VII. The way of pure sound (a-dkar theg-pa) 68
VIII. The way of the primeval Shen (ye-shen theg-pa) 68
IX. The surpreme way(bla-med theg-pa) 68
Bon - Classification of Ways 69

THE WAY OF THE SHEN OF PROTECTION by D.L. Snellgrove 70

BON - AS A PRE-BUDDHIST RELIGION OF TIBET 77
Bon - How it came to Tibet as a Religion 78
The four Portals and the Treasury as Fifth 80

THE BONPO TRADITIONS OF DZOGCHEN by John Myrdhin Reynolds 84

The Bonpo and Nyingmapa Traditions of Dzogchen 84
The Historical Development of Bon 86
The Origin of Dzogchen 89
The Three Traditions of Bonpo Dzogchen 93
1. A-khrid 93
2. rDzogs-chen 94
3. sNyan-rgyud 94



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