Wonders of the Natural Mind: The Essence of Dzogchen in the Native Bon Tradition of TibetPaperback
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- Publisher: Snow Lion Publications
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 18mm | 340g
- Publication date: 4 September 2000
- Publication City/Country: Ithaca
- ISBN 10: 1559391421
- ISBN 13: 9781559391429
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 378,800
Although the Dzogchen teachings are principally familiar to Westerners through the teachings of the Nyingma school, they also survive in the ancient Bon Religion of Tibet. "Wonders of the Natural Mind "presents Dzogchen as taught in the Zhang Zhung Nyan Gyud, the fundamental Bon text. The book summarizes the main points of Dzogchen and its relation to the various systems of Bon teaching. In offering these teachings, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche provides the reader with a vivid and engaging portrait of Bon culture as he interweaves the teachings with his personal story and reflections on the practice of Dzogchen in the West.
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Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, a lama in the Bon tradition of Tibet, presently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the founder and director of Ligmincha Institute, an organization dedicated to the study and practice of the teachings of the Bon tradition. He was born in Amritsar, India, after his parents fled the Chinese invasion of Tibet and received training from both Buddhist and Bon teachers, attaining the degree of Geshe, the highest academic degree of traditional Tibetan culture. He has been in the United States since 1991 and has taught widely in Europe and America.
"This book will be of great help to readers wishing to find a clear explanation of the Bon tradition, especially with regard to its presentation of the teachings of Dzogchen."--H.H. the Dalai Lama "It is Tenzin's own experiences, both cultural and personal, that are the gem of this book, adding authority to his textual commentary."--John W. Tigue, PhD, Castleton State College "Should be helpful to beginners and advanced practitioners alike. . . . A succinct summary of the essential points of Dzogchen, giving a synoptic overview of the tradition and its structure."--"Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies"
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Wonders of the Natural Mind is a survey of the Bon tradition which familiarizes one with the basic terms and concepts of this system of meditation. Bon is the indigenous religion of Tibet, predating Buddhism. He introduces ways of training the mind and continues to discuss the manipulation of subtle energies within the body. He also discusses Dzogchen within the practice of Bon, a system which has been introduced to the West mainly in a Buddhist context.