Bön monasteries in Tibet, Nepal and India.

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Re: Bön monasteries in Tibet, Nepal and India.

Post by kalden yungdrung » Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:46 pm

Tashi delek,

Tsedruk Monastery in eastern Tibet has a new Buddha Tönpa Shenrab Miwoche statue.
Very nice expression.


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Re: Bön monasteries in Tibet, Nepal and India.

Post by kalden yungdrung » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:18 pm

Tashi delek,

Chöd, a common practice in the Tibetan Traditions.
Below, Chöd at Hor Dago Bön Nunnery monastery in Tibet.

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Post by kalden yungdrung » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:21 pm

Tashi delek,

Chery Braddy, a devoted Bönpo, is on tour in Bhutan.

Here some contributions.

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Kumbum Bön Monastery. We attended yearly celebration honoring all the Bön deities. Received teaching, transmission & refuge from Khenpo Shenphen.

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Re: Bön monasteries in Tibet, Nepal and India.

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:48 am

Tashi delek,

mDomed Khyungmo(femele Garuda) Bön Monastery in Tibet.

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Re: Bön monasteries in Tibet, Nepal and India.

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:47 am

Tashi delek ,

Thong Dol Ri Thod Bön Monastery in Tibet
མེ་སྟོན་གདན་ས་མཐོང་གྲོལ་རི་ཁྲོད་དགོན་དུ་དགེ་བཤེས་མཛད་སྒོ་ཉིན་དང་པོའི་པར་རིས། །

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Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:49 am

Thong Dol Ri Thod Bön Monastery in Tibet:
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Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:52 am

Thong Dol Ri Thod Bön Monastery in Tibet:

The first time Geshe ceremony in Lineage of Meton. Thong Dol Ri Thod Bön Monastery in Tibet
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Re: Bön monasteries in Tibet, Nepal and India.

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:02 pm

Tashi delek,


མེ་སྟོན༧གདན་ས་མཐོང་གྲོལ་རི་ཁྲོད་དགོན་དུ་ཀུན་རིག་གཙོ་སྟོང་འཁོར་བརྒྱའི་མཆོད་ཚོགས་ཆེན་མོའི་མཆོད་བཤམས།།

Lineage of Meton. mThong Dol Ri Thod Bön Monastery in Tibet
Arrangement of Kun rig gTSO Khor hundredth retinue of God.

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Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:31 pm

Tashi delek,

Triten Norbutse is the seat of H.E. the Bön Yongdzin Rinpoche and is situated in Kathmandu Nepal.

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The original Triten Norbutse (khri-brten nor-bu'i rtse) was founded in the 14th century by the great Bönpo master Shen Nyima Gyaltsan (gShen Nyi-ma rgyal-mtshan, b.1360), who belonged to the Shen (gshen) clan, which claims to descent from Tonpa Shenrab himself, the founder of the Bön religion.

Triten Norbutse became one of the 4 principal monastic institutions providing Bönpo education from the 14th century until the Chinese Communist occupation in the later 1950s.

Known for its rich cultural and academic heritage, the monastery was destroyed in the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. It was re-established by Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche in Kathmandu in 1987, with the able assistance of Geshe Nyima Wangyal, who became its first abbot or Khenpo.

The monastery is at present headed by Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung. At present there are about 115 monks, both Tibetan refugees and others from the Bönpo areas of Nepal such as Dolpo and Mustang, residing and receiving their education at the monastery.

The monastery was founded for the purpose of providing a complete education in Bönpo tradition and practice. This is embodied in the 9 year program of academic studies for the Geshe degree and the 4-year program of meditation practice in Dzogchen.

The monastery is, therefore, essentially an educational institution, and not a residential one for monks.

The education at the monastery falls into 2 principal sections, as was the case at Menri itself in Tibet:

1. The first system of education is known as:
The system of the learned scholar (mkhas-pa pandita yi lugs). This represents the 9 year program in academic studies, culminating in the Geshe (dge-bshes) degree, and including Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen.

It entails a curriculum of Bönpo philosophy (here the emphasis is on Madhyamaka) and the principal canonical texts, as well as the secular sciences of astrology, medicine, poetics, grammar, and so on. There is also the learning of ritual practices, chanting of various liturgies and the accompanying music, religious art and architecture, and so on.
But the emphasis is on scholarly academic studies by way of study and debating, rather than on meditation practice.
Later this knowledge can be applied in practice, including meditation retreats, as well as in ordinary life outside the monastery.
Ordinarily, unless engaged in retreat or further studies, the monk must leave the monastery after successfully completing the Geshe degree.


2. The second system of education is known as:
The system of the ascetic yogis (ku-sa-li-pa'i lugs), where a 4 year program focuses on Dzogchen practice in order to realize the Nature of Mind.

The 4 major traditions of Bönpo Dzogchen texts are studied and practiced in order to develop experiential understanding in terms of meditation practice.

In this system, one goes to a qualified Lama, receives instructions in the preliminary practices and does them from around 3 to 6 months. Then one returns to the Lama, receives instruction on fixating the mind (sems 'dzin) and thereafter a direct introduction to the Natural State (rig-pa'i ngo-sprod).

This understanding is then developed with further retreat practices. The Sanskrit term Pandita means a scholar well-versed in book learning and intellectual knowledge, whereas a Kushali (v. ku-sa-li, ku-su-li) indicates a practitioner who has attained high spiritual realization by way of meditation practice. In the year 2001, 6 students completed their academic studies and passed the oral examination and were awarded Geshe degrees.

Today they teach other monks and take part in various monastic and community activities for the benefit of the Bönpo people of Nepal. This has included setting up schools in remote regions like Dolpo, and in 2001 a Tibetan medical school was also started in western Nepal under the guidance of the monastery.

3 students from this school have been awarded medical diplomas. In central Tibet itself, all wood-blocks and the books printed from them were destroyed in the Cultural Revolution.

The library at the monastery, built with financial aid from Germany, possesses a complete collection of Bönpo canonical texts, both the Kangyur (bka''gyur) and the Katen (bka'-brten), recently reprinted in Chengdu, China. At present, there is a program to catalogus and index all these Bönpo texts as well as to put them on computer diskettes.
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Re: Bön monasteries in Tibet, Nepal and India.

Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:48 pm

Tashi delek,

དཔལ་ལྡན་ག་ཤེལ་དགོན་པ།།

dPal lden Ga sHel Monastery / Tibet.

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