Origin of Bon
Origin of Bon
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View of Menri Monastery
In 1959 a small group of Bon lamas and monks, escaping the warfare in Lhasa, set out on foot across Asia to establish in India a permanent location which would serve as a Bon religious center and refugee settlement. In the mid-1960s, Lopon Tenzin Namdak, working with Catholic Relief Services, identified and organized the purchase of a rugged, but beautiful piece of land on a steep hill in northern India in the village of Dolanji. This would become Menri Monastery, the new spiritual and administrative world center of Bon.
Sowa Rigpa Building

It was named after Menri Monastery founded in 1405 in the Tsang Provence of Tibet. Over the next five decades, the early settlement of Menri--once a cluster of mud religious structures and crumbling dwellings--became a sparkling complex of colorful, graceful, and functional buildings and modern roads, all in classic Tibetan style. The project was conceived, designed, and overseen by the 33rd Abbot of Menri, His Holiness Menri Trizin. This World Center of Bon is a gleaming and awe-inspiring campus of temples, library, a university, housing for monks, a nunnery, a dispensary, a Tibetan medical school, a farm, and guest facilities. Menri is a three-dimensional representation of the spirit and energy of Bon tradition and values where the monks and nuns who live and learn there represent the future of Bon. Many residents and visitors regard the Menri Monastery complex as a "Shining City on a Hill".
However, geological conditions and climate change are a constant threat, along with the daily wear and tear of a place well-used. The math of our preservation effort adds up as follows:
To maintain the function and beauty of this place, we must keep alive a fund which will always be available for repairing cracks, leaks, and mold, and banishing termites. This fund will also help in emergencies such as earthquakes and landslides when immediate repairs are necessary. Please indicate on the payment page if you wish to be a Shining City Protector, a Shining City Guardian, or make a General Donation as a Shining City Helper. Please give generously to keep the Shining City shining so that Bon and Bonpos may continue to grow and thrive here. Anything you can give will be most welcome!

Please contact us at boninfo@bonfoundation.org or visit us on facebook if you would like to find out more about the Shining City. Thank you!

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