Bön: The Magic Word



The Indigenous Religion of Tibet

Samten G. Karmay and Jeff Watt, Editors

Paperback, 231 pages

Full color illustrations

Height: 11” x Width: 8 ½” x Depth: ¾”, Weight: 2 pounds 6 ounces


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“Accepting everything, refusing nothing through the centuries, it is the one all-embracing form of Tibetan religion,” as leading Tibetan scholar David L. Snellgrove once said of Bön. This book, the first of its kind to be dedicated solely to the art of Bön religion and culture, which to this day has been overshadowed by its Buddhist counterpart, aims to explore and reveal the many hidden treasures of this so far overlooked religion. Engaging with the great scholars of the field, in particular the revered Samten G. Karmay, the reader is invited to delve into the depths of this wonderful culture. Jeff Watt, curator of the Rubin Museum of Art, enlightens the reader by differentiating between Bön and Buddhist art, which it are so often confused. The other contributors look at specific topics within Bön, including its paintings, sacred geography and its founding and therefore set the beautiful art and artifacts within their context. The purpose of this book is to inspire, and in the process to enable the reader to appreciate the beauty of Bön art while simultaneously gaining an understanding of the ethos of Bön, from the time of its founding through to the more than one million practicing Bönpo of today.