What is Bön?

Bön is among the oldest indigenous spiritual traditions in the world. It originated in Central Asia many thousands of years ago and eventually took root in what is now Tibet. The earliest teachings of Bön come from Tonpa Shenrap, a fully enlightened being (a Buddha), more than 17,000 years ago according, to the Bön tradition.

“Bön is Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition and, as the indigenous source of Tibetan culture, played a significant role in shaping Tibet’s unique identity.

—His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Since their beginning, the Bön teachings have been transmitted from teacher to student, generation after generation. This unbroken lineage ensures that the tradition remains vital and alive century after century. Through study and direct experience, our teachers guide us along a path to enlightenment that can be gradual or, in some cases, accomplished in a single lifetime.

In Tibet and Nepal, many monasteries support Bön monks, nuns, and practitioners. Ligmincha maintains close relationships with two monasteries in particular: Triten Norbutse in Nepal and Menri in India. See Other Bön Organizations for more information about them.

Is Bön Buddhist?
Tonpa Shenrap Miwoche, a fully enlightened being brought these teachings to what is now Tibet. Additional teachings and practices come to us from the enlightened activity of men and women who followed the path he set out. Because Tonpa Shenrap is a fully enlightened being, or Buddha, Bön’s teachings are Buddhist, but from a different lineage than Shakyamuni Buddha of India.

Other forms of Buddhism originate with Buddha Shakyamuni of India. This difference in lineage results in different texts, practices and external forms. But, the truths of the teachings are the same. Both cultivate the generation of wisdom and compassion in the hearts and minds of all practitioners, and they emphasize a way of creating harmony both within oneself and in relation to the outer world and society through self-realization.

What is Bön?

Bön is among the oldest indigenous spiritual traditions in the world. It originated in Central Asia many thousands of years ago and eventually took root in what is now Tibet. The earliest teachings of Bön come from Tonpa Shenrap, a fully enlightened being (a Buddha), more than 17,000 years ago according, to the Bön tradition.
“Bön is Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition and, as the indigenous source of Tibetan culture, played a significant role in shaping Tibet’s unique identity.

—His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Since their beginning, the Bön teachings have been transmitted from teacher to student, generation after generation. This unbroken lineage ensures that the tradition remains vital and alive century after century. Through study and direct experience, our teachers guide us along a path to enlightenment that can be gradual or, in some cases, accomplished in a single lifetime.

In Tibet and Nepal, many monasteries support Bön monks, nuns, and practitioners. Ligmincha maintains close relationships with two monasteries in particular: Triten Norbutse in Nepal and Menri in India. See Other Bön Organizations for more information about them.

Is Bön Buddhist?
Tonpa Shenrap Miwoche, a fully enlightened being brought these teachings to what is now Tibet. Additional teachings and practices come to us from the enlightened activity of men and women who followed the path he set out. Because Tonpa Shenrap is a fully enlightened being, or Buddha, Bön’s teachings are Buddhist, but from a different lineage than Shakyamuni Buddha of India.

Other forms of Buddhism originate with Buddha Shakyamuni of India. This difference in lineage results in different texts, practices and external forms. But, the truths of the teachings are the same. Both cultivate the generation of wisdom and compassion in the hearts and minds of all practitioners, and they emphasize a way of creating harmony both within oneself and in relation to the outer world and society through self-realization.

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