Tibetan Practices


Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche


TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE is the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha Institute in Charlottesville, Va., a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Bon Buddhist tradition and introducing it to the Western world.

Rinpoche was the first to bring the Bön Dzogchen teachings to the West in 1988 and remains one of the very few Bönpo masters to live and teach in the West.

He is known for his clear, lively and insightful teaching style and his ability to make Tibetan practices easily accessible to the Western practitioner.

Rinpoche is a beloved teacher throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe, and a prolific author. His books include "The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep" (Snow Lion Publications, 1998), "Healing With Form, Energy, and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen" (Snow Lion Publications, 2002), and "Tibetan Sound Healing: Seven Guided Practices for Clearing Obstacles, Accessing Positive Qualities, and Uncovering Your Inherent Wisdom"(Sounds True, 2007).

To learn more about the work of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche visit www.ligmincha.org. 


About Bön

Bön is Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition and the indigenous source of Tibetan culture. Followers of Bön receive teachings and transmissions from teachers in lineages unbroken from ancient times to the present day. While much of modern Bön is similar to Tibetan Buddhism, Bön retains the richness and flavor of its pre-Buddhist roots. Its teachings range from harmonizing our body, speech and mind with the elemental energies of nature to the Great Perfection teachings of dzogchen.

Tibetan B

Originally the term "bon" designated the various existing religious and magico-ritual traditions, very probably based on elements common to the hertiage of panasiatic shamanism. Ethmologically the term derives from the verb bonpa, "to recite magical formulas", because the power its practitioners obtained from the recitation of mantra, syllables or sounds with the capacity to influencing certain energy dimensions. In fact through the vibration of mantra the ancient Bonpos came into contact with and suceeded in controlling, the invisible energies and occult forces that govern existance. - From Druna, Den and Bon, Namkhai Norbu.


Contemplation on Meditation:


"Relax the body completely

Let the mind remain in its unformed state

Become like a hollow bamboo

So that everything flows through."  ....The song of Mahamudra



Contemplation on Sound:

The life current comes through the breath and manifests through the voice and touches another person. It is not true that a person hears sound only through the ears; it permeates through ones whole being. The sound either slows the rhythm or it quickens the rhythm of the blood circulation; it either awakens the nervous system or it soothes it; it arouses a person to higher passions or it calms by bringing peace. Therefore the knowledge of sound can place in the hand of a person a magical instrument with which to tune, wind, control and utilize life to the best advantage." - Hazrat Inayat Khan, d. 1927


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