The Bön is the fifth Tibetan spiritual school; it includes the old Bön, the Yungdrung Bön and the New Bön.Read more...
History of Bön
First of all: we distinct two kinds of being
- the enlightened beings beyond samsara
- the natural beings and deities still in the cycle of existence as lha (Tibetan word for "god"), tsen, dre, lu.
Triten Norbutse Monastery
The original Triten Norbutse monastery
It was established in the fourteenth century in Tsang, Central Tibet by Shen Nyima Gyaltsen, a Nagpa of the Shen lineage who was particularly known for his tantric powers, and his commentary on the Ma Gyud, Mother Tantra. The monastery thrived for many centuries, thanks to the devout support of several surrounding bonpo villages, and it became important for the study and practice of the Ma Gyud and the protector Red Mule Sidpai Gyalmo. Triten Norbutse was completely destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.
The story of the modern Triten Norbutse monastery in Nepal began in 1977, when Yongdzin Rinpoche traveled from Menri monastery, India to Swayambhu near Kathmandu in search of a land for a monastery to serve the bonpo community in Nepal.
- 3 main purposes in establishing a Bön monastery :
- to preserve the bonpo culture and religion outside Tibet
- to provide a full education and practice program for the Bonpos of Dolpo and Mustang, the outer regions of Nepal; although there are over twenty Bön monasteries in these areas, none of them are able to offer this possibility.
- to serve as a centre for the social and religious life of the bönpo communities.
About Menri 'Medicine Mountain' monastery
Now there are 350 residents living and sharing the new temples, the library, the Bon Dialectic School, the health center and the nunnery.
His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, 33rd Abbot is now more than 80 and fulfills his role as spiritual leader of the Bönpos and of the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center.
Across the river, the new Redna Menling (Land of Precious Medicine) Nunnery is also headed by His Holiness; this nunnery is the only bonpo one in India where girls and women can now study for 18 years to become Geshema and teach the Dharma/Bön.
Furthermore, more than 370 children from Nepal and Tibet come to Menri for an educational and basic refuge also; their school is located in the valley below the monastery and is run by the Indian government with an emphasis on the Bön educational program.
More information: www.bonfoundation.org