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HEART DROPS OF DHARMAKAYA: Dzogchen Practice of the Bon Tradition by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, trans. & comm. by Lopon Tenzin Namdak, intro. by Per Kvaerne, ed. by Richard Dixey
Here for the first time in English is a complete Dzogchen meditation manual freom the ancient religious tradition of Tibet known as Bon. The Kunzang Nying-tig by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen is a powerful and practical instructional text which cuts to the heart of Dzogchen meditation. Dzogchen is regarded by Bonpos as the highest and most esoteric religious practice.
THE TREASURY OF GOOD SAYINGS: A Tibetan History of Bon ed. and trans. by Samten Karmay
The Legs bshad mdzod is a history of the Tibetan religion known as Bon. It gives a full account of this ancient religion, its origins and development, its struggles against the later imported Buddhism, and its fight for survival in spite of persecutions and even abolition on two occasions. The editor assesses the historical value of the work and considers the extent of its reliability and factual accuracy.
Few people realize how deeply Tibetan Buddhism has been influenced by the ancient Bon tradition, which is marked by shamanism and practices such as the use of prayer flags, circumambulations, oracles and rituals. Filled with over hundreds of color photos, this wonderful book introduces the myths, culture, monasteries and a lot more of this living tradition. Introduction by the spiritual head of the Bonpo.
DRUNG, DEU AND BON: Narrations, Symbolic Languages and the Bon Traditions in Ancient Tibet by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
Explores pre-Buddhist Tibetan culture as presented within the three categories described as the foundation of the kingdom of Tibet. Prof. Norbu investigates the epic poems and legends of Tibet's secular culture (drung), explains the mysteries of the ancient symbolic languages that conveyed wisdom inexpressible in conventional terms (deu), and elucidates the complexities of the pre-Buddhist Bon tradition.
UNBOUNDED WHOLENESS: Bon Dzogchen and the Logic of the Nonconceptual by Anne. C. Klein and Tenzin Wangyal
Anne Klein, an American scholar and teacher of Buddhism, and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, one of the first Tibetans to bring Bon Dzogchen to the West, provide a study and translation of The Authenticity of Open Awareness, a foundational text of the Bon Dzogchen tradition. They provide extensive introductory, explanatory and historical material that situates the text in the context of Tibetan thought and culture, thus making it accessible to nonspecialists, and an essential reference for scholars and practitioners alike.
ORAL TRADITIONS FROM ZHANG-ZHUNG: An Introduction to the Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings of the Oral Tradition from Zhang-zhung known as the Zhang-zhung snyan-regyud by John Myrdhin Reynolds, fore. by Lopon Tenzin Namdak
The original Dzogchen teachings are found equally in the old, unreformed Tibetan schools of the Buddhist Nyingmapas and the pre- Buddhist Bonpos. These teachings are substantially the same in both schools in terms of meaning, terminology, and practice, both traditions justly claiming unbroken lineages of transmission coming down to the present day from the 8th century, and even before. Moreover, both schools assert that Dzogchen did not originate in Tibet itself, or even in India, but in Central Asia, variously known as Tazik and Uddiyana. From there it was brought to India and Central Tibet by certain Mahasiddhas, or great adepts, where it represented an Upadesha, or secret oral instruction, concerning an unconditioned state of being and awareness beyond the Tantric process of transformation. This refers to the Natural State of the Nature of Mind, one's own innate Buddha-nature, that is beyond all time, conditioning, and causality. In both traditions, the Nyingmapa and the Bonpo, Dzogchen is regarded as the ultimate teaching of the Buddhas of the three times and it is classified as the ninth or highest vehicle to enlightenment.
NEW HORIZONS IN BON STUDIES Edited by Samten Karmay, Yasuhiko Nagano
Bon is one of the pre-Buddhist religions of Tibet. It has been defined in a variety of ways, but regardless of how we define it, we can properly say that its culture has penetrated Tibetan culture from ancient times to the present day. For our deeper understanding of Tibetan culture, Bon is thus indispensable.
This volume is a part of the results of the International Symposium entitled New Horizons in Bon Studies held in 1999 at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan. The purpose of this symposium was to discuss the Bon related themes from all aspects, such as anthropology, folklore, Buddhist studies, religious studies, cosmology, philology and linguistics to establish interfaces among various disciplines and to construct a common groundwork for the Bon studies.
ARROW AND THE SPINDLE: Studies in History, Myths, Rituals and Beliefs in Tibet by Samten Karmay
This book opens with some studies of previously unknown royal edicts that shed light on early Buddhist practices testifying to the expansion of the Tibetan Empire (Part I).
The author then reflects upon the origin of Dzogchen philosophy (Part II) and examines the Bon
-religion considered as the source of Dzogchen philosophy (Part lll).
A previously untouched subject in Tibetan studies is the relation between the origin of myths and popular rituals that convey the ancient beliefs that are still intac underneath the surface of Lamaistic tradition, particularly that of the mountain cult amongst the laity. The author gives a comprehensive analysis of this cultural and religious complex (Part IV).
This leads to the studies of the Gesar epic from an anthropological point of view on the basic structure of the epic and its social organisation (Part V).
The author also dwells upon the subject of Tibet's reunification under the rule of the Fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century, and sees lamaistic government as the main cause of its gradual decline culminating in the total loss of its independence in the twentieth century (Part VI).
SACRED LANDSCAPE & PILGRIMAGE IN TIBET, IN SEARCH OF THE LOST KINGDOM OF BON by Geshe Gelek Jinpa
Before Buddhism, there was Bon. This book is a fascinating journey, visually and spiritually, through western Tibet by a monk of the little-known Bon faith, who is searching for the lost, sacred Bon homeland of Zhangzhung.
OPENING THE DOOR TO BON by Latri Khenpo Geshe Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche
Bon, the ancient pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet, is still practiced today, with a rapidly growing number of readers interested in the shamanism and magic that are part of its complete path to liberation. Full of practical and explicit instructions, this handbook for Westerners details the outer and inner fundamental Bon practices. This volume is part of a first wave of Bon books that are finding an enthusiastic North American audience.