Foundation for the Preservation of Yungdrung Bön / གཡུང་དྲུང་བོན་ཉར་ཚགས་རིག་མཛོད།

Month: October 2023

Día de los Muertos/Hallowe’en – How to Practise Du Tri Su for the Dead

In many traditions, 1st November is known as the Day of the Dead, while Samhain (more popularly known as Hallowe’en) is actually an ancient Celtic festival to help and commemorate deceased relatives. Although these dates are not significant in the Bönpo calendar, it can nevertheless be an auspicious time to remember our dead. During the Drubchen practice retreat and empowerment in Shenten Dargye Ling 5 years ago, our Masters encouraged us to continue practising Du Tri Su mantra collectively or individually as often as we can, and particularly on days of remembrance. With the blessing of Yongdzin Rinpoche, the full…
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Dzogchen & Advaita Vedanta

Over the years I have had many discussions on the topic of Dzogchen[1] and Vedanta, particularly Advaita Vedanta, with friends and practitioners of Yungdrung Bön[2] and various schools of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. Recently, this topic came up again in conversation when a friend  brought to my attention a section of Loel Guiness’ book Rainbow Body that contains an exposition of the Dzogchen view. We had a lively discussion about what was written there after my recent talk at Watkins Books in London and it is this discussion that has prompted me to write this article since, from the perspective of Dzogchen…
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