Foundation for the Preservation of Yungdrung Bön / གཡུང་དྲུང་བོན་ཉར་ཚགས་རིག་མཛོད།
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Foundation for the Preservation of Yungdrung Bön is a small non-profit organisation working to preserve the rich teachings of Yungdrung Bön. Founded in 2012 with the blessing of Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, FPYB was officially registered with the UK Charity Commission as an educational body in 2017 (Registered Charity (England & Wales) 1173639). Our first translation was made at the request of Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak in 1996, and since then we have worked in close collaboration with Yongdzin Rinpoche and other bona fide Bönpo lamas to produce dozens of books, videos and practice materials, many of which are now available to serious practitioners. We also hold a growing archive of teaching materials.

Why is it important to preserve Yungdrung Bön teachings through translations and edited transcripts?

བདེ་སྡུག་རྩ་བ་རང་གི་སེམས་ལགས་པས།། Your own mind is the root of both happiness and suffering; བཙའ་སྐྱོང་ཤེས་ན་ཕན་བདེའི་གཞི་མ་དང་།། Knowing how to train it in the positive way, that is the basis for happiness རང་ཁར་གཏོང་ན་སྡུག་བསྔལ་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་གཞི།། Merely following the passions of your mind, that is the basis for the ocean of miseries and sufferings. ཇི་ལྟར་འདམ་ཁ་ཤེས་ན་སྐྱེས་བུ་རབ།། Thus if you know how to choose the right way, you are an excellent person. ཡོངས་འཛིན་རིན་པོ་ཆེས་ཞལ་གདམས། Oral instruction by Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche(Trnsl. Kh. Gelek Jinpa, C. Ermakova & D. Ermakov)Since leaving Tibet during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Yongdzin Rinpoche has devoted his whole life to preserving his lineage for future generations, and an important aspect of this is publishing books. His first mission in exile was to collect the scattered copies of the Bön Kanjur and Katen which had either been miraculously smuggled out of Tibet or had survived in ancient Bön temples in Nepal. Yongdzin Rinpoche’s aim was to gather and reprint the necessary texts to re-establish the Geshe training programme in exile, and it is thanks to his tireless efforts that many contemporary Bönpo lamas now have the knowledge and qualifications to teach. Here in the West, we are very fortunate. We can simply browse the internet or look in a bookstore to find many books on Buddhism, and even a few on Bön. However, authentic translations by erudite masters are very rare indeed, so it is our joint responsibility to do all we can to ensure the teachings of great master, Yongdzin Rinpoche and other erudite Bönpo lamas, are recorded intact, seriously and respectfully, not only as study and practice aids for ourselves, but also as an invaluable legacy for future generations. As Yongdzin Rinpoche is the current, supreme lineage holder and because many contemporary Bönpo lamas received empowerments, transmissons and instructions from him, his teachings and translations are especially precious as they are imbued with the powerful blessings of the living lineage transmission. For over 20 years, our Founding Members Carol Ermakova and Dmitry Ermakov have been working closely with Yongdzin Rinpoche and other lamas transcribing and editing Bönpo texts. They have recently been joined by a team of translators for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian. All our staff are unpaid volunteers.As Yongdzin Rinpoche says: ‘Books are my friends.’

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Latest News

Polish Translation of Magyu Tsalung & Tummo is here!

We are delighted to announce the first Polish translation from our FPYB book series! Magyu Tsalung & Tummo has now been ably translated into Polish by Maciej Czuchra and published in Poland by Okultura. We are very happy with this collaboration and hope there will be more FPYB books translated into Polish in near future. Czym są praktyki tsalung i tummo? Skąd się wzięły i czemu służą? W niniejszej książce Drubdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin, lama pochodzący z tybetańskiej tradycji bön, we współpracy z wybitnymi specjalistami w tej dziedzinie, Dmitrijem i Carol Ermakovami, przedstawia historię tych starożytnych technik oddechowych i wizualizacyjnych oraz szczegółowy, wzbogacony[…]

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Swastika Symbology in Bө Murgel and Bön

The swastika has been used as a symbol of good luck, happiness and truth by very diverse cultures in many locations all over the globe since prehistory. Today it can still be seen throughout Asia as a symbol of general good luck. However, this ancient symbol has been much maligned.This short article seeks to dispel misconceptions surrounding the swastika and explores its symbology in four points: Swastika controversy  Swastika as a solar symbol  Swastika in the Prehistoric Bön of Eurasia and Bө Murgel  Swastika in Yungdrung Bön READ FULL ARTICLE

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New hypothesis about the location of Silver Castle of Garuda Valley (Khyunglung Ngulkhar)

FPYB is glad to announce a new article Historical annals show Gna’-shul Palace and Khyung-lung Dngul-mkhar (Silver Palace of Garuda Valley) in Central Zhang-zhung to be one and the same by Lama Tsultrim Phuntsok of Gurjam Gonpa (Translated from Tibetan by Pöntsang Phuntsok Namgyal and Dmitry Ermakov, edited with additional notes and Wylie transliteration by Dmitry Ermakov, English text edited by Carol Ermakova). This article puts forward one of several views as to the whereabouts of the famed Khyunglung Ngulkhar royal palace of Zhang Zhung emperors and Kharag, the self-manifested stone image of Zhang Zhung Drenpa Namkha. The author introduces[…]

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PUBLICATIONS

With the full support of Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, the supreme lineage holder of the tradition, Foundation for the Preservation of Yungdrung Bön has published a range of books on many aspects of Yungdrung Bön, from a full-colour travelogue covering historic Bön sites in Nepal to detailed Tantric teachings. As well as edited transcripts of teachings on Dzogchen, we also publish translations of prayers and ritual practices for those who have appropriate transmissions.

We are currently working with a team of translators so more books in various formats will soon be available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Russian.  All our publications are made in close collaboration with authentic Bönpo lamas.

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