By Nyima Dakpa

Primary outer and internal meditations from the Bon culture of Tibet. Bon is the traditional pre-Buddhist faith of Tibet, nonetheless practiced at the present time.

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Origin and History of Bön which was the closest neighboring kingdom to Tibet and existed until the end of the eighth century. Zhang Zhung was integrated into Tibet after the death of Emperor Ligmincha, its last ruler. ), to Pakistan (Kashmir) and to China (the Karakoram area). Most of the Bön teachings have been translated from the Zhang Zhung language into Tibetan. Mount Kailash is a holy place for Bönpos and is blessed by the Zhang Zhung deity Me Ri. The Me Ri teachings were among the main practices of the Zhang Zhungpa (people of Zhang Zhung) and were later were introduced into Tibet.

In order to meditate, we need to realize the nature of our mind. To realize the nature of our mind, it is important to have instruction and guidance from a teacher. There is no history of achieving enlightenment without following a teacher. Without a guide, a person who does not know a particular country cannot make a proper decision about where to go. In the same way, we sentient beings have no knowledge of how to enter the path of enlightenment without a teacher. In the past, the great masters, scholars, and translators of Zhang Zhung and Tibet followed their teachers’ instructions and achieved enlightenment.

Yeru Wensa Kha became a center of Bön education. Druchen Namkha Yungdrung also systemized the methods of philosophical training known as Gap Pa (teaching of Dzogchen), Dzö (teaching of cosmology), and Sa Lam (the stage and paths according to Dho). This center attracted students as a flowers attracts bees and produced many great scholars, including those known as the “Eighteen Great Teachers” (Yeru Tönpa Chogyed) of Wensa Kha. The second disciple, Zhu Ye Legpo, established the seat of the Zhu lineage in Kyid Khar Rizhing, also in the Tsang Province of Tibet.

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