H. H. Menri Trizin 33rd has spent much of his life collecting Bon texts for study and safekeeping in the Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Library. A very important part of his mission is to make available to libraries, scholars, and practitioners important Bon texts and manuscripts. It is his dedication to that cause that has been responsible for the creation of this unique digitized version of the of the Yungdrung Bon Kanjur.


The Yungdrung Bon Kanjur was scanned and digitized in 2006 by monks at Menri Monastery's Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Library at the request of H. H. Menri Trizin 33rd. It consists of a collection of canonical texts authored by Bon's founder Tonpa Shenrab and revealed by his students and embodiments. Bon Kanjur texts were originally translated from ancient sources, probably in the Zhang Zhung language and have gone through various terma or "revelations." During the eighteenth century the lama Kundrol Drakpa [b. 1700], a teacher of the Tibetan princes of the Gyalrong province, received funding and support from various of his patrons to gather and catalog the many volumes of Bon Kanjur texts and to produce woodblocks of the complete set. Over the next two centuries, copies of the texts from Kundrol's woodblock set were broken up, destroyed, or hidden, and it was thought that no complete version existed. In 1999, however, Mongyal Lhasay, a lama from the Mongyal Monastery in Kham and from the family lineage of Kundrol Drakpa, was able to collect and publish a complete handwritten set in Chengdu. It is that set on which is preserved on compact disks the entire 179 volumes.

The Tibetan Yundrung Bon Library's digitized version of the Yungdrung Bon Kanjur would not have been possible without the extensive effort and commitment of Mongyal Lhasay. The Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Library Scanning Project was made possible by a generous grant from the Reed Foundation. All proceeds from this project go to support the Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Library.

Libraries and Institutions: $1,790 (includes material and postage).
Students and Individuals: $350 (includes material and postage).

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THE NEW COLLECTION OF THE BON KATEN 298-volume DVD set in 6 disks
Over the centuries, the Bon Canon's two parts - the Kanjur and the Katen have, like so many important Tibetan texts, been lost, destroyed, or hidden due to a variety of political circumstances. When a set of Kanjur manuscripts reappeared after the Cultural Revolution, it was believed to be the only existing copy and was published in the 1980s. The Katen, however, does not seem to have survived in any single, complete version. Sogde Tenpai Nyima, the publisher of this Katen collection, could not initially find the funding and support needed to publish these texts in a systematic way, and, as a result, this "New Collection" was assembled urgently and indiscriminately in an effort not to lose them.


In order to create a catalogue for this vast array of material, Samten G. Karmay and Yashuhiko Nagano worked with several monks at the Triten Norbutse Monastery in Nepal. That project resulted in the Catalogue of the New Collection of Bonpo Katen Texts that was released as one of the Senri Ethnological Reports (24) and published by the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan in 2001. Further details can be found in their catalogue. Please note that the Osaka catalogue shows Volume 239 to be missing, although it exists in some printed versions of the Katen that have appeared elsewhere. Also, the Osaka catalogue lists Volumes 75 and 76 as having been merged into one volume. As a result, the total number of volumes in this current set is 298. Menri Monastery acknowledges that this publication is not complete and intends to publish in the future a final edition that presents the texts in a more coherent order.

The Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Library Scanning Project was made possible by a generous grant from The Freed Foundation. All proceeds from this project go to support the Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Library

Cost based on $10 per volume:
Libraries and Institutions: $3,000 (includes materials and postage).
Students and Individuals: $500 (includes materials and postage).

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KHALONG: THE SUMMER RITUAL OF MENRI MONASTARY (11 minutes) captures a colorful and first-time documented powerful and colorful rite performed to summon blessings from the deities. Price: $20. THE VISIT OF HIS HOLINESS LUNGTOK TENPAI NYIMA, THE 33RD MENRI TRIZIN TO AMDO, TIBET, SUMMER 2004 (29 minutes) contains rare footage and beautifully-edited images of a recent visit by the world leader of Bon to Tibet. Price: $25. Add them to your library of Bon films!


The Bonpo Sampler CDs were produced by The Bon Foundation with the approval of the Menri Monastery as part of a scanning/training program for the Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Library. The "sampler" is a "one time only" project that The Bon Foundation has undertaken to help raise funds for the Library.
The Bonpo Sampler CDs contain three of the most popular Yungdrung Bon texts: the Zermig, the Zijid, and the Lubum. The first two are the encyclopedic biographies of Tonpa Shenrab and the third is the Yungdrung Bon ritual text used by both Bonpos and Buddhists for the propitiation of the serpent deities (nagas). The texts are in Tibetan and are most useful for scholars or others who are familiar with the language. However, each CD insert has a very brief explanation of its contents in English. This project clearly illustrates the potential of digital scanning technologies in the preservation of irreplaceable manuscripts and texts. The Bon Foundation is not selling the CDs but requests a donation for the Library in exchange for providing them.
If you wish to order any CDs, the Bon Foundation suggests a donation of $27 for each or $75 for the set of three. The Bon Foundation will forward your donation to the Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Library at Menri.

Bonpo Sampler CDs

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