What is Bon Shamanism

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Re: What is Bon Shamanism

Post by kalden yungdrung » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:45 pm

Tashi delek,

It is the most ancient practice of indigenous Tamang people. They are called Bönpo in Tamang language.

They work as a healer. They are abducted and taught by BAN JHAKRI (Forest Shaman) in sacred Pokali Waterfalls at their young age. It is believed that BAN JHAKRI lives in the Pokali Waterfall nearby the village.

Furthermore, it is one of the evidence of Bön religion that used to practice by Tamang People before taking Buddhism.

Shamans determine the illness either by feeling the pulse of patient or by counting the rice kernels for divination. The shamanic practice is deeply rooted in a strong understanding of relationship between body, soul, mind and patient's relationship with environment and spiritual realm. Now the young generation seems less interesting to practice this tradition.

Therefore this rich culture is at the verge of extinction from another generation in Pokali Okhaldhunga.


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The Himalayan Indigenous Bön 'Shaman' are dancing

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Jhakri Shaman Bön.

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Post by Mantrik » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:14 pm

kalden yungdrung wrote:
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Jhakri Shaman Bön.

Please explain how this is Bön. What characterises it as such?

What type of Jha(n)kri is this? 'Jhakri Shaman' is meaningless, 'Shaman Shaman'.

Your thread asks 'What is Bon Shamanism' so please don't just post a video without actually explaining what we are seeing and how it is related to the question.
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Yongning priest, 1928
A young Bönpo priest from Zuosuo, near Yongning, where the Bönpo school predominates - Joseph Rock.
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For more informations:
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Re: What is Bon Shamanism

Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:17 pm

Hyolmo/Tamang Bön or Bönpo Shaman are chanting the Bön Mantra of Compassion.
They don´t make the full stretching Tibetan way of prostration.

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Re: What is Bon Shamanism

Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:25 pm

Tashi delek,

Benchhe Puja(prayer) is the ancient ritual practiced by the shamans of Thulo Bharkhu, Rasuwa, northern Nepal.

This puja is a ritual to the deceased shaman by a spiritual practice of offering the possession of the deceased shaman, in the sacred place of Gosaikunda Lake on the day of Janaipurnima.

The family members and relatives of the deceased shaman make the journey throughout performing the ritual in their traditional way.



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Re: What is Bon Shamanism

Post by Manju » Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:40 am

kalden yungdrung, this is a formidable compilation of shaman events in Nepal.

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Re: What is Bon Shamanism

Post by Summers » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:32 am

Mantrik wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:06 pm
I know a jhankri shaman who has given me transmission of this and that. He is far closer to Hindu than any association with Tibet, but inevitaby the Tibetan diaspora will have greater influence.
It is a dangerous thing to generalise with shamanism as much is familial lineage (in his case over 25 generations) and not easily, or wisely, to be categorised as anything other than what it is. :)
Of course we should not generalize, but even if we much of modern jhankri practices are heavily Hinducized or Buddhicized,there is certainly evidence to suggest at the very least a Tibetic origin of these shamanic practices in Nepal; in some areas the jhankris consider Tonpa Shenrab to be the Adi-Jhankri, and they claim they're the remnants of the Bonpo kicked out of Tibet. Point being that this will very likely help gain new converts for the Bonpo, and I'm sure the Bonpo are excited to "reintroduce" them to the fold. I'm just interested in how this will play out.

It would be interesting to hear what those jhankris chanting the Bon compassion mantra, from that video Kaldren posted, think about the mythic history of Yungdrung Bon, and how they see their jhankri practices in relation to Yungdrung Bon.

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Re: What is Bon Shamanism

Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:38 am

Tashi delek,

On this special day, the Nepalese people of every spiritual path or tradition or faiths visit the sacred power places (shakti pithas) to offer prayers and offerings.

Especially the power places dedicated to Shiva in his different manifestations are very important. Shiva is the main mentor-deity of almost all the shamans in Nepal and the Himalayan regions.

The shamans take long and difficult pilgrimages (if possible) to the sacred mountains, lakes, water falls and shrines. On this day a neophyte is initiated in the shamanic healing path by the teacher.

The shamanic process of dismemberment; cleansing rites; the rites of forgiveness and letting go can be performed for 'renewal and rejuvenation of power.

The opening of the 'Family Lineage Paths' can also be started. Drumming, singing, making offerings, journeying, healing, initiations, etc. are considered to be very important on this day.

(NB: none of the Shamanic traditions of Nepal and the Himalayan regions use any of the mind-altering substances to induce trance state).

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Re: What is Bon Shamanism

Post by Lhasa » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:35 pm

They worship shiva? How terribly sad!! Nice to know that though, I'll stay away from Bon shamanism and dharma products from countries that are polluted by shiva worship.

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Re: What is Bon Shamanism

Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:59 pm

Lhasa wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:35 pm
They worship shiva? How terribly sad!! Nice to know that though, I'll stay away from Bon shamanism and dharma products from countries that are polluted by shiva worship.
Well all Nepali Shamans gather here and there because of the festival.
Among these Nepali Shamans are also Bön Shamans.
The majority here are Nepali Shamans and they do not have problems with Shiva veneration.
Bönpo Shamans do not venerate Shiva.
It is like mount Kailash, it is also the abode of Shiva but also a holy Bön place.
There gather as well Bönpos , Hindus and Vajrayana adherents.
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