In this book, Anne Carolyn Klein, an American scholar and teacher of Buddhism, and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, a rigorously trained Tibetan Lama who was among the first to bring Bön Dzogchen teachings to the West, provide a study and translation of the Authenticity of Open Awareness, a
foundational text of the Bön Dzogchen tradition. This is the first time a Bön philosophical text of this scope has been translated into any Western language, and as such it is a significant addition to the study of Tibetan religion and Eastern thought. Klein and Rinpoche provide extensive introductory, explanatory and historical material that situates the text in the context of Tibetan thought and culture, thus making it accessible to nonspecialists, and an essential reference for scholars and practitioners alike.
Founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a respected and beloved teacher and meditation master in the Bön Buddhist tradition of Tibet. He has students in more than 25 countries, teaches around the world and reaches thousands of students through his online programs.
Trained as a Bön monk, Rinpoche now lives as a householder, allowing him to more fully relate to the needs and concerns of his students. Known for the depth of his wisdom and his unshakeable commitment to helping students recognize their true nature, he is the author of many books and online courses.
Anne C. Klein is Professor and former Chair of Religious Studies at Rice University. She is also the a Founding Director of Dawn Mountain Tibetan Buddhist Temple and Dawn Mountain Community Center & Research Institute in Houston, Texas. She has studied Buddhist philosophy and practice with Asian scholars and meditation masters since 1971, including three years of fieldwork in India, Nepal, and Tibet. She travels, lectures, and leads retreats widely. She has also participated as Visiting Faculty at several Mind and Life events, including the October, 2009 Educating Citizens for the Twenty-First Century, discussions led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.