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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.’

PUBLICATIONS

Our dedicated, experienced team works in close collaboration with authentic Bönpo lamas to ensure all our publications are accurate, reliable and professional.

PROJECTS

Our projects focus on preserving the rich wisdom of Yungdrung Bön as a living tradition for generations to come.

Latest News

Advice from Gongdzö Ritröpa Chenpo, founder of Athri Dzogchen

There are a few words of introduction by Gongdzö Ritröpa Chenpo who said that in order to achieve Enlightenment one must first meditate. In order to meditate so that we can achieve Buddhahood, we must realize the View.

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Anniversary of Tönpa Shenrab’s Parinirvana སྟོན་པའི་འདས་མཆོད།

“You must search for the meaning with your own mind.
It is not enough to merely trust whatever Buddha said;
Otherwise, the essential meaning can never be realised.
Therefore, it is imperative to verify Buddha’s words with your own reason.”

Advice from Buddha Tönpa Shenrab.

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Welcoming a new translator

We are very happy indeed to welcome Chen Yang, a Chinese Bönpo practitioner and a qualified translator, to our translation team.

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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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MULTIMEDIA

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