Bon is one of the pre-buddhist religions of Tibet and has its own importance. This is the first volume of Bon Studies Series. In this book, the renowned scholars of Bon Studies have made efforts to present the importance of Bon Mandalas. It contains 132 Mandalas with their names and descriptions in Tibetan as well as in Romanized Tibetan. Originally, these Mandalas were painted in accordance with the ritual text explaining the theory and practice of Mandala. The title of the text of each Mandala is given in the book as per given in the Bonpo Kangyur and Tengyur. The Tibetan introduction is written by Lopon Tenzin Namdak, who is a head of Tritan Norbutse Bonpo Monastery, Nepal. The Mandalas in this book are preserved in National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan in the name of "Tritan Norbutse Collection". It is hoped that Bon Studies Series will become the source material to accelerate further studies on this ancient religion of Tibet, which has not received the due attention of the scholars and academicians of the world so far.
THE TIBETAN YOGAS OF DREAM AND SLEEP THE TIBETAN YOGAS OF DREAM AND SLEEP
"If we cannot carry our practice into sleep," Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche writes, "if we lose ourselves every night, what chance do we have to be aware when death comes? Look to your experience in dreams to know how you will fare in death. Look to your experience of sleep to discover whether or not you are truly awake."
This book gives detailed instructions for dream yoga, including foundational practices done during the day. In the Tibetan tradition, the ability to dream lucidly is not an end in itself, rather it provides an additional context in which one can engage in advanced and effective practices to achieve liberation.
Dream yoga is followed by sleep yoga, also known as the yoga of clear light. It is a more advanced practice, similar to the most secret Tibetan practices. The goal is to remain aware during deep sleep when the gross conceptual mind and the operation of the senses cease. Most Westerners do not even consider this depth of awareness a possibility, yet it is well known in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon spiritual traditions.
The result of these practices is greater happiness and freedom in both our waking and dreaming states. The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep imparts powerful methods for progressing along the path to liberation.
THE TIBETAN ART OF POSITIVE THINKING: Skillful Thought for Successful Living by Christopher Hansard
Written by a master physician of the ancient Tibetan Bon Medicine tradition, this practical volume teaches us how to use the power of thought to help us flourish in many life arenas--from health to work to relationships. Having trained in Tibetan Bon since he was four years old, Hansard provides a map of how to use the spiritual and medical traditions through simple meditations and exercises.
Seven Guided Practices for Clearing Obstacles, Accessing Positive Qualities, and Uncovering your Inherent Wisdom
One of the world's oldest unbroken spiritual traditions is that of the Bön people-the indigenous people of Tibet, whose teachings predate the arrival of Buddhism. These traditions have survived political persecution and upheaval thanks to the efforts of a handful of dedicated lamas such as Bön lineage holder Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Now with tibetan sound healing, practitioners can connect to the ancient sacred sounds of the Bön practice-and through them, activate the healing potential of the natural mind. The Bön healing tradition invokes The Five Warrior Syllables-"seed" sounds that bring us to the essential nature of mind and release the boundless creativity and positive qualities that are fundamental to our natural consciousness. Through the medicine of sound, practitioners learn to clear obstacles on the level of the body, the energetic and emotional dimensions of being, and the spiritual consciousness. Through this integrated book and CD learning program, Tenzin Rinpoche gives users the tools to access wisdom and compassion and use the vibration of sacred sound to cultivate the healing power within the body's subtle channels. Lama and Bön meditation master Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is renowned for his gift of rendering ancient texts in a warm and clear way to his Western readers. With tibetan sound healing, he reveals the secrets of Bön sacred syllables and invites us to join him in sound to purify the body, connect with our inherent perfection and completeness, and to awaken spiritual virtue.
BONPO DZOGCHEN TEACHINGS by Lopon Tenzin Namdak & John Myrdhin Reynolds
The two Older Schools of Tibet, the Nyingmapa and the Bonpo, emphasize the Dzogchen point of view in elucidating their understanding of the Higher Tantras. Among the Older Schools, Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, which lies beyond the process of Tantric transformation, is regarded as the quintessential teaching of the Buddha, pointing directly to the Nature of Mind and its intrinsic awareness, known as Rigpa. However, according to Lopon Tenzin Namdak Yongdzin Rinpoche, the leading Dzogchen master among the Bonpo Lamas living today, "It is necessary for us as practitioners to know what Dzogchen is, how to practice it, and the result of this practice." Lopon Rinpoche undertakes this task in a series of nine teachings. Here the Lopon compares the Dzogchen view with the views of Madhyamaka, Chittamatra, Tantra and Mahamudra, clearly indicating the similarities and the differences among them.
Unlike the traditional educational system found in other Tibetan monasteries, at Tashi Menri Monastery and at Triten Norbutse Monastery, both now re-established in India and Nepal respectively, Dzogchen is not restricted to private meditation instruction only. Rather, it is brought out into the daylight of the marketplace of philosophical ideas and discussed in relation to the viewpoints of Sutra and Tantra. The Lopon's exceptionally clear exposition of these various views, which have consequences for one's meditation practice, will be of interest to Western students and practitioners. Transcribed and edited by John Myrdhin Reynolds from the Lopon's original lectures, the teachings are provided here with a new introduction and annotations, as well as an appendix with a brief biography of the Lopon and a sketch of the educational system at his monastery of Triten Norbutse in Nepal.
SURVEY OF BONPO MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES IN TIBET AND THE HIMALAYA by Yasuhiko Nagano & Samten G. Karmay
This book is an outcome of general Survey of Monasteries, Temples and Hermitages of the Bon religion, known as Yung drug Bon. It contains the result of the field work done by the team of scholars of National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka Japan headed by Dr. Yasuhiko Nagano & Dr. Samten G. Karmay. Such concrete & detailed description of the Bonpo Monasteries & 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 & 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 e significant milestone for future studies of Tibetan Culture.