Bon, Bön: 2 definitions


Bon means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

1) Bon (བོན་) is a branch of Tibetan Vajrayana. The oral history says Guru Rinpoche incorporated Bon into Tibetan forms along with the Nyingma.

etymology: Bon or Bön (Tibetan: བོན་, Wylie: bon [pʰø̃̀(n)])

Tradition has three doors to Bon's spread, Tazig 'Olm Lung Ring' as the first. Second, the oral history claims Bon began 17,000 years ago in central Asia where Persia succeeded Bon's widespread growth with Islam. Third, is the Zhang Zhung kingdom which was located in western Tibet. Bon historians hold many Central Asian Buddhist antiquities are Bon.

2) Bon is the oldest spiritual tradition of Tibet. Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama, has recently recognized the Bon tradition as the fifth principal spiritual school of Tibet, along with the Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug schools of Buddhism, despite the long historical competition of influences between the Bon tradition and Buddhism in Tibet.

Often described as the shamanistic and animistic tradition of the Himalayas prior to Buddhisms rise to prominence in the 7th century, more recent research and disclosures have demonstrated that both the religion and the Bonpo are significantly more rich and textured culturally than was initially thought by pioneering Western scholars.

India history and geogprahy

Source: The Chronological History of Tibetan Buddhism

Bon or Bonpo was the ancient religion of Tibet. Most probably, the Bon or Bonpo tradition is older than the Nyingma tradition. In fact, the Bon is the ancient Tibetan religion that transformed later into Buddhism whereas the Nyingma school is originally belonged to Mahayana Buddhism. According to Bon tradition, there are four transcendent lords.

  1. Satrig Ersang or Yingkyi Yum Chemma,
  2. Shenlha Okar,
  3. Sangpo Bumtri,
  4. Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche,
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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