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

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Masters of the Zhang Zhung Nyengyud published in Japanese!

We are thrilled that Masters of the Zhang Zhung Nyengyud: Pith Instructions from the Experiential Transmission of Bönpo Dzogchen came out in Japanese today! རྫོགས་པ་ཆེན་པོ་ཞང་ཞུང་སྙན་རྒྱུད་ཀྱི་ཉན་རྒྱུད་སྐུ་རུ་བཞུག་པ་ལེགས་སོ། སློབ་དཔོན་བསྟན་འཛིན་རྣམ་དག་གིས་དབྱིན་ཡིག་ཞལ་ཁྲིད། ཉི་ཧོང་སྐད་དུ་བསྒྱུར་དང་དེ་རིང་འཇར་པན་དུ་པར་སྐྲུན་བྱས། These precious teachings are from the long version of the Experiential Transmission of Dzogchen from the land of Zhang Zhung (Rdzogs-pa chen-po zhang-zhung snyan-rgyud kyi nyam-rgyud skya-ru bzhug-pa legs so), pith instructions taught by a long line of realised Dzogchen masters, all of whom achieved rainbow body. In the 8th century, the revered Zhang Zhung master Taphiritsa allowed these oral instructions to be written down for the first time. In the 10th century,…
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Anniversary of Shardza Rinpoche’s Rainbow Body

Today is the anniversary of the great Bönpo master Shardza Trashi Gyaltsen (Shar-rdza Bkra-shis rgyal-mtshan), who attained Rainbow Body on the 13th day of the 4th month of the Wood Dog Year, 1934. To mark this auspicious anniversary, we are sharing the words of Yongdzin Rinpoche given in Paris 10~10~10, during a teaching weekend on Shardza Rinpoche’s famous text Kun-tu bzang-po’i snying-tig / The Innermost Essence of Kuntu Zangpo, also known in English as Heart Drops of Dharmakaya. Here Rinpoche speaks about the importance of Guru Yoga for understanding Dzogchen: This knowledge [of Dzogchen] is something very special, you see.…
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Mandala of the Deities of the Five Elements and the Ritual Offering to the Four Classes of Spirits

Some monks from Triten Norbutse Monastery, Kathmandu, have just finished making this magnificent sand mandala (rdul-tshon dkyil-‘khor), the Kun-‘bum go-‘byed dkyil-‘khor, which is the mandala of the Deities of the Five Elements. Tomorrow, one group of monks will begin the four-day ritual to these deities. Another group will practise the Sa-bdag nye-lam sde-bzhi, propitiating the four classes of spirits: earth spirits (sa-bdag), water-spirits (klu), tree-spirits (gnyan) and rock-spirits (stod/gtod). This is part of the annual four-day summer ritual and ceremony of harmonising and purifying the spirits of the Universe. The summer ritual to the worldly gods involves a lot of…
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Three Drenpa Namkhas in Yungdrung Bön

In this article, we will take a brief excursion into the story of Drenpa Namkha, one of the most famous and powerful masters in Yungdrung Bön. According to Yungdrung Bön sources, there were three major emanations of Drenpa Namkha throughout history, and all were great yogis and scholars.

665th Anniversary of Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen – a Concise Life Story

Today Bönpos celebrate the 665th anniversary of Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen (Tib. Mnyam-med Shes-rab rgyal-mtshan, 1356-1415), a reincarnation of an early Bönpo mahasiddha (Tib. grub-thob), Tonggyung Thuchen (Tib. Stong-rgyung mthu-chen).