BÖNPO DZOGCHEN – BASE, PATH AND FRUIT
Excerpted from: Bön, written by Dmitry Ermakov for the Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Philosophy (2011). Translated from Russian by Carol Ermakova.
We are delighted to announce the release of our second on-line article, this time focusing on Dzogchen. This piece was originally written as part of an article on Bön that Dmitry Ermakov was asked to prepare for the Russian Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Philosophy in 2011. In its current form, this article presents a concise introduction to the Base, Path and Fruit of Bönpo Dzogchen, the highest of the Nine Ways and pinnacle of Yungdrung Bön. As Yongdzin Rinpoche said: “If you want to know Bönpo magic, Dzogchen is the real Bönpo magic!”
The exquisite thangka of the Masters of the Zhang Zhung Nyengyu Dzogchen cycle featured here was painted by Phuntsok Wangyal. It was originally published in Namdak, Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin, transc. & ed. Ermakova, C. & Ermakov, D. Masters of the Zhang Zhung Nyengyud: Pith Instructions from the Experiential Transmission of Bönpo Dzogchen, (New Delhi: Heritage Publishers, 2010).