The following publications are recommended as very useful for
those interested in Bon studies. We are grateful to the Ligmincha Store for their
annotations on the following books. All of these books can be ordered
through and some are available through and elsewhere:
Mandalas of the Bon Relgion (Bon Studies 1)
Edited by Tenzin Namdak, Yasuhiko Nagano and Musashi Tachikawa

New Horizons in Bon Studies (Bon Studies 2)
Edited by Samten G. Karmay and Yasuhiko Nagano

A Survey of Bonpo Monasteries and Temples in Tibet and the Himalaya (Bon Studies 7)
Edited by Samten G. Karmay and Yasuhiko Nagano

Bon: The Magic Word
Samten G. Karmay and Jeff Watt, Editors
An exhibition catalog published for the groundbreaking exhibition of Bon art at the Rubin Museum of Art in 2007. The exhibition reveals Bon culture and religion through it's art and depticts startling discoveries that illustrate clear distinctions between Bon and Buddhist art. The catalog contains many heretofore unknown images and 12 essays by leading Bon scholars including David Snellgrove, Per Kvaerne, and Dan Martin. May be purchased through the Rubin Museum of Art, New York.

The Oral Tradition from Zhang Zhung: An Introduction to the Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings of the Oral Tradition from Zhang Zhung known as the Zhang-zhung snyan rgyud
Translations, Commentaries, and Annotations by John Myrdhin Reynolds.
Forward by Lopon Tenzin Namdak

This impressive volume includes biographies of the principal early masters in the lineages of transmission of the Zhang-zhung snayn rgyud, translations of Guru Yoga and Dzogchen preliminary practices (ngondro) from the sNyan-brgyud rgyal-ba phyag-khrid. These explanations proceed according to the oral instructions of Yongdzin Rinpoche, Lopon Tenzin Namdak. Softcover, 577 pages.

Antiquities of Northern Tibet:
Pre-Buddhist Archaeological Discoveries on the High Plateau

By John Vincent Bellezza
"Antiquities of Northern Tibet: Pre-Buddhist Archaeological Discoveries on the High Plateau" details the exploration of archaeological sites on the highest parts of the Tibetan plateau conducted by the author on his Changtang Circuit Expedition in 1999. Derived from his own fieldwork and translation of relevant Tibetan texts, as well as the research of other scholars, the author places the ancient sites he documents in both a mythological and scientific context. This background information address questions pertaining to the identity of the sophisticated Metal Age civilization in Tibet, which in the 7th century CE entered its classical phase with the adoption of Indian Buddhism. Many types of pre-Buddhist archaeological monuments are surveyed including megaliths, castles, tombs, temples, villages and cave hermitages. - from the cover. Hardback, 436 pages.

Arrow and the Spindle: Studies in History, Myth, Rituals and Beliefs in Tibet
By Samten G. Karmay
Contains 32 articles written over the span of 20 years, covering aspects of history, Dzogchen philosophy, the Bon religion, myths and rituals including "The Soul and the Turquoise: a Ritual for Recalling the bla" and "The Local Deities and the Juniper Tree: a Ritual for Purification (bsang)", articles on the Gesar Epic, as well as on the reunification and disintegration of Tibet.Paperback, 600 pages.

Arrow and the Spindle Studies in History, Myths, Rituals and Beliefs in Tibet Volume II
By Samten G. Karmay
Just published, this companion volume to "The Arrow and the Spindle," contains articles written by Samten G. Karmay that have been published since 1999. Part 1 is on history and the "yul lha" cult in Tibet; Part 2 on the Fifth Dalai Lama and Nyingmapa teachings; Part 3 is on the Bonpo people and their heritage. Paperback, 237 pages.

Bon Religion of Tibet
By Per Kvaerne
Filled with photos taken at Menri Monastery in Dolanji, Himachel Pradesh, India, as well as photos and detailed descriptions of Bon thangkas, this is a most precious book. This book has been out of print for a number of years and is once again available. Hardback, oversized, 160 pages.

Bon Stupa
By Menyag Geshe Namdak Tsukphu
Explanations written in Tibetan, and illustrations, of various stupa designs. Based on bZo rig gsal ba'I by Yongzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. Included are drawings stupas known as the Stupas in Heaven, the Stupas on Earth, the Stupas of Purification, the Stupas for the Accomplishment of the "Two Accumulations", and Stupas for Prosperity. Hardback. Oversized: 10" x 14", 240 pages.

Bon: Yungdrung Bon - The Eternal Tradition
By John Myrdhin Reynolds
The Ancient Pre-Buddhist religion of Central Asia and Tibet - its history, teachings and literature. Paperback, 52 pages.

Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings
according to Lopon Tenzin Namdak transcribed and edited, together with introduction
and notes by John Myrdhin Reynolds

This is a revised edition of the transcript by the same name that we have carried in our store. This new edition includes a new introduction, appendix, with a biography of Lopon Tenzin Namdak, and a sketch of the educational system at the Lopon's monastery, Triten Norbutse, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Chapters include: Introduction to Bon, The Attaining of Buddhahood according to Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen; Four Essential Points for Understanding Dzogchen; The View of Shunyata found in Madhamaka, Chittamatra and Dzogchen; The Views of Tantra, Mahamudra and Dzogchen; The View of Dzogchen; The Practice of Dzogchen; Rushans-The Preliminary Practices of Dzogchen; Introduction to Thekchod and Thodgal. Paperback, 283 pages.

Daily Prayers of Yungdrung Bon
Published by the Yungdrung Bon Students Committee, Varanasi, India In the Tibetan language. Published in 2005, this volume includes the daily prayers of Yungdrung Bon, including Ngondro and the Ma Gyu Sadhana. Hardback, 291 pages.

Divine Dyads: Ancient Civilization in Tibet
By John Vicent Bellezza, forward by Choegyal Namkhai Norbu
The Divine Dyads that are the subject of this book are two pairs of sacred mountains and lakes in the Changthang (northern plains) area of Tibet, and the deities that are connected with them. Traveling to these areas seven times between 1897-95, Bellezza made a comprehensive study of the history, religion (Bon and Buddhist) and mythology relating to each divine dyad. Paperback, 497 pages.

Drung, Deu and Bon: Narrations, Symbolic Languages and the Bon Tradition in Ancient Tibet
By Namkhai Norbu, translated from Tibetan into Italian, and edited by Adriano Clemente,
translated from Italian into English by Andrew Lukianowicz

Includes chapters on selected narrations, symbolic languages, and the twelve lores (sciences) of Bon. Paperback, 327 pages.

Female Buddhas: Women of Enlightenment in Tibetan Mystical Art
Art from the Collection of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

By Glenn H. Mullin, with Jeff J. Watt
Written by Tibetologist Glenn H. Mullin, this volume has over 100 full-color photographs of thangkas depicting female buddhas, each with written description. Of the many deities shown here, there is a thangka of Sherab Chamma, the Wisdom Loving Mother of the Bon tradition. The other female buddhas in this beautiful volume are of the Buddhist lineages. Includes chapters on Sutra, Tantra, Tibetan mystical art, mandalas, female buddhas, vajra dakinis and dharma protectors. Hardback, 231 pages.

Healthy Mind Interviews: Khenpo Nyima Wangyal
By Henry M. Vyner, M.D.
Interview with Bon Lama Khenpo Nyima Wangyal.

Heart Drops of Dharmakaya:Dzogchen Practice of the Bon Tradtion
By Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, commentary by Lopon Tenzin Namdak
"This is one of the most important books in Dzogchen as demonstrated by the author, Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, who attained the rainbow body. My kind root master, Lopon Rinpoche's clear and direct commentary elucidates all the major points of this essential text." --Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Paperback, 200 pages.

Little Luminous Boy: The Oral Tradition from the Land of Zhangzhung
depicted on two Tibetan paintings

By Samten Karmay
The first painting, or thangka, in this volume includes depictions of 87 Masters in the lineage of the Oral Tradition of Zhangzhung. The second painting is concerned with Dzogchen theories. Hardback, 120 pages.

Mandalas of the Bon Religion
Edited by (Yongdzin) Tenzin Namdak, Yasuhiko Nagano, and Musashi Tachikawa
This is an exquisite collection of 131 museum quality thangkas, printed in full color, commissioned by the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan, under the guidance of Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. Called the "Triten Norbutse Collection," these mandalas can be seen at this Osaka museum. Hardback, oversized, 171 pages.

Mendrup: A Bonpo Ritual for the Benefit of all Living Beings and for the Empowerment of Medicine Performed in Tsho, Dolpo
By Marietta Kind
The Mendrup, or Medicine, ritual centers on a communal blessing bestowed by means of medicinal pills that have undergone ceremonial treatment during the ten days of the ritual. The benefits that can be gained by attending the ceremony and by consuming the consecrated medicine attract a large audience from all over Dolpo. Includes many black and white photos of different aspects of the ritual and ceremony including Geshe Nyima Oser offering the empowerent. This account not only describes the ritual itself, it also gives a clear insignt into the daily life of the local society. Softcover, 89 pages.

Necklace of gZi
By Namkhai Norbu, introduction by Samten G. Karmay
In this short, but informative booklet, Norbu Rinpoche discusses the origins of the Tibetan race, Tibetan language, Bon, Buddha Shenrab Miwo, Dzogchen lineage, and the historical and political circumstances during the time of the last king of Zhang Zhung, King Ligmikya. Paperback, 37 pages.

New Horizons in Bon Studies
Edited by Samten Karmay and Tasuhiko Nagano
This is an Indian reprint of a book that was originally published in 1999 in Japan, and is the second in a series on Bon Studies, the first of which is the book, "Mandalas of the Bon Religion", co-edited by Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. "New Horizons in Bon Studies" has a variety of articles that were originally presented at a Symposium by the same name as the title hosted by the Ministry of Education in Japan. The major headings are as follows: "Bon and its Relationship to Buddhism," "Dzogchen doctrines," "Myths and Rituals," "Monasteries and Lay Communities," and "Bon in a Wider Context". Contributors include Samten Karmay, Per Kvaerne, Dan Martin, Donatella Rossi, Anne Klein, among many other distinguished scholars of Bon. Hardback, 738 pages.

On Zhang Zhung
By Seigbert Hummel
Studies of the language and geographical position of Zhang Zhung. Paperback, 166 pages.

Opening the Door to Bon
By Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche
Full of practical and explicit instructions, this handbook for Westerners details the outer and inner fundamental Bon practices. Paperback, 130 pages.

Oracles and Demons of Tibet: The Cult and Iconography of the Tibetan Protective Deities
By Rene de Nebesky-Wojkowitz
While living in the town of Kalimpong on the Indo-Sikkimese broder, the author studied Tibetan texts and interviewed Tibetan lamas, learning a wealth of information about the iconography of the guardians and protectors of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, which he compiled in this book. Approximately half of the book address the classification, appearance and attributes of a number of deities, while the remaining chapters address aspects of deity worship such as sacrificial objects and offerings, thread crosses, and methods of divination. Hardback, 666 pages.

Philosophical View of the Great Perfection in the Tibetan Bon Religion
By Donatella Rossi
Presentation and poetic translation of two Bon texts, "The Twelve Little Tantras from the Zhang Zhung Aural Transmission of the Great Perfection," and "The View which is like the Lion's Roar." Paperback, 315 pages.

rdzogs pa chen po'i cha lag gal po rtsod pa'i bon de phyogs bsgrigs
Drenpa Namkha and Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche
In Tibetan. A collection of writings on Dzogchen, including a chapter by Yongdzin (Lopon) Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. Published by Triten Norbutse Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal. Paperback, 168 pages.

Religions of Tibet
By Giuseppe Tucci, translated by Geoffrey Samuel
An overview of various aspects of the religions of Tibet, including chapters on the doctrines of different schools of Buddhism, monastic life, folk religion, as well as an entire chapter on the Bon religion. Paperback, 340 pages.

Sacred Landscape and Pilgrimage in Tibet In Search of the Lost Kingdom of Bon
By Geshe Gelek Jinpa, Charles Ramble and Carroll Dunham, Photographs by Thomas Kelly
Forwards by H.E. Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche and H.H. Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche

In 2002 Geshe Gelek Jinpa, a graduate of Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, travelled to Tibet on pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and in search of the kingdom of Zhangzhung. This book is Geshe Gelek's journal of his spiritual quest, and is accompanied by 160 breathtaking photographs by his travelling companion, photographer Thomas Kelley. Includes a 60 minute DVD documenting the pilgrimage. Hardback, 204 pages.

Sacred Tibetan Teachings: On Death and Liberation
By Giacomella Orofino, preface by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
These are lightly used copies of the out-of-print and hard-to-find title. Included in these translations, there is one chapter entitled, "The Doctrine of the Six Lights," a translation of the Bonpo dzogchen text from the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyu, The Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung. Paperback, 163 pages.

snyan rgyud rinpoche nam kha hphrul mdzod drang nges gnyis kyi gshung cha lag dang bcas pa
By Drenpa Namkha, seventh century
In Tibetan. Published by Triten Norbutse Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal. Paperback, 397 pages.

Spirit-mediums, Sacred Mountains and Related Bon Textual Traditions in Upper Tibet:
Calling Down the Gods

By John Bellezza
This book uniquely provides first-hand insights into the spirit-mediums of Upper Tibet, the men and women who channel the gods. John Vincent Bellezza presents the conclusions of his extensive research in the region itself, shedding light on the historical context, the tradition, characteristics, ceremonies, and paraphernalia of the phenomenon. With extensive interviews with spirit-mediums, including interpretive material drawn from Tibetan texts; annotated translations of rituals devoted to the major deities of the spirit-mediums; and annotated translation of Bon literature relevant to the origins of spirit-mediums, and concluding with a chapter on Bon literary references to the ritual implements and practices. Hardback, 568 pages.

Stages of A-Khrid Meditation: Dzogchen Practice of the Bon Tradition
By Bru-sgom rGyal-ba g.yung-drung, translated by Per Kvaerne and Thupten K. Rikey
A-Khrid is one of the three lineage streams of Dzogchen in the Bon tradition. This is the translation of a 13th century text. Paperback, 108 pages.

The Collected Works of Menri Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. A 13 Volume Set
By H.E. Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche
The Library of Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, has compiled the writings of H.E. Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche's and organized them into this beautiful 13 volume set.

The Great Perfection: A Philosophical and Meditative Teaching of Tibetan Buddhism
By Samten Gyaltsen Karmay
Exposition on the teachings of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, found in both Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon, the pre-Buddhist indigenous tradition of Tibet. Paperback, 278 pages.

The Treasury of Good Sayings: A Tibetan History of Bon
Edited and Translated by Samten G. Karmay
Original Tibetan text written by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, who is also the author of "Heartdrops of Dharmakaya". See "Heart Drops of Dharmakaya: Dzogchen Practice of the Bon Tradtion" By Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, commentary by Lopon Tenzin Namdak. Hardcover, 365 pages.

Tibet Bon Religion: A Death Ritual of the Tibetan Bonpos
By Per Kvaerne
Description, black and white photographs and commentary of a death ritual performed in 1981 by His Holiness Lungtog Tenpa'i Nyima, Abbot of Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India, and spiritual head of the Bon tradition. Paperback, 84 pages.

Tibet's Ancient Religion: Bon
By Christoph Baumer, with a foreword by His Holiness Lungtok Tenpa'i Nyima, 33rd abbot of Menri Monastery, Dolanji, India
This is a comprehensive volume describing the cosmology and history of the Bon religion. Its 200 pages are filled with color photographs taken at Menri Monastery, India and at important bonpo sites in Tibet. In the forward, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, the 33rd abbot of Menri Monastery, Himachel Pradesh, India states, "The author has traveled widely in Tibet and visited many, sometimes quite remote, sacred places of Bon. Many of the monasteries he has photographed are being made known to the public here for the first time, and I am very grateful to him for that. I hope that this book will be of significant help in arousing and broadening awareness of Bon as well as of its major influence on the rich culture of Tibet." Hardback, oversized, 200 pages.

Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
By Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Detailed instructions for dream yoga, including foundational practices done during the day, and the more advanced practice of sleep yoga. Paperback, 219 pages.

Twelve Deeds: A Brief Life Story of Tonpa Shenrab, the founder of the Bon Religion
By Sangye Tandar, edited by Richard Guard
This booklet was originally composed in the 1960's by Lopon Sangye Tenzin. Paperback, 36 pages.

Unbounded Wholeness: Dzogchen, Bon and the Logic of the Nonconceptual
by Anne Carolyn Klein and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
The long awaited study and translation of the "Authenticity of Open Awareness", a foundational text of the Bon Dzogchen tradition. It includes an extensive commentary and explanatory material. Available in Hardback and Paperback, 384 pages.

Unearthing Bon Treasures: Life and Contested Legacy of a Tibetan Scripture Revealer
By Dan Martin
This work also includes a general bibliography of Bon. Hardback, 483 pages.

Wonders of the Natural Mind: The Essence of Dzogchen in the Native Bon Tradition of Tibet
By Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, edited by Andrew Lukianowicz, with a foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama
Introduction to Bon Dzogchen, based upon teachings of the Zhang Zhung Nyan Gyud, the Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung. Paperback, 222 pages.

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