TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE is the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha Institute located in Charlottesville Virginia, USA. 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.
To learn more about the work of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche visit www.ligmincha.org.
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.
Originally the term "bon" designated the various existing religious and magico-ritual traditions, very probably based on elements common to the heritage of panasiatic shamanism. Etymologically 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 succeeded in controlling, the invisible energies and occult forces that govern existence. - From Druna, Den and Bon, Namkhai Norbu.