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"Buddhahood is not somewhere other than in the nature
of our own mind"-- H.H. Menri Trizin 33rd


On September 14, 2017 at 6:35 AM, His Holiness Menri Trizin 33rd, Abbot of Menri Monastary and Spiritual Leader of the Bon Religion, left this earth at peace while meditating at his home at Menri Monastery. The news spread quickly as thousands of followers, dignitaries, and friends began their prayers and made plans for the pilgrimage to Dolanji to pay their respects and to bid him a final farewell at his funeral cremation on October 2nd. During those days and nights chants and prayers filled the air around the elegant, beautiful monastery campus which was elaborately decorated, festooned with flowers, and illuminated by colorful lights and candles in honor of his life and death. From 1969 when he was named Abbot of Menri Monastery, his nearly 50 years of leadership have been committed to his dream of creating a vibrant living center of Bon Religion, education, and culture by combining traditional Tibetan-style architecture and modern infrastructure to meet all the needs of a monastery and university. We at the Bon Foundation will always remember him as a Spiritual Beacon and a Master Builder. We will forever miss our teacher and this extraordinary man. May his spirit shine forever.



The Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center

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Operating under the leadership of the Menri Trizin (Abbot of Menri), the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center (YBMC) is a democratically-structured organization run by monks who represent the various departments of the Menri complex. Together with the Abbot, they determine budgets and priorities. In carrying out the projects as well as other administrative responsibilities, YBMC is accountable to donors and to the Government of India. YBMC extends its deep Operating under the leadership of the Menri Trizin (Abbot of Menri), the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center (YBMC) is a democratically-structured organization run by monks who represent the various departments of the Menri complex. Together with the Abbot, they determine budgets and priorities. In carrying out the projects as well as other administrative responsibilities, YBMC is accountable to donors and to the Government of India. YBMC extends its deep gratitude to the people and organizations around the world who make possible the continuation and welfare of the Menri Monastery complex and its people. Since 1968 when this rugged land was a settlement of mud buildings, weeds, rocks, and dust, the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center has constructed housing for monks, nuns, and children, roads, a Dialectic university, several temples, a library, a Tibetan Bon medical school, nunnery, health center, workshops, guest housing, and a farm.

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