|For further information
about Bon teachings and how to help the Bon, we have selected a few websites that are dedicated to this goal:
|•||Bon Shen Ling is an American 501 (C)3 established in 2006 by Chongtul Rinpoche, a tulku of the Bon lineage, who was raised and educated at Menri Monastery by H. H. Menri Trizin 33rd, world leader of Bon. Bon Shen Ling preserves and disseminates the ancient teachings of Bon and oversees charitable projects which prepare Bon children and youth in Tibet and India to lead productive lives. Follow
www.bonshenling.org for further developments and more information.||•||Ligmincha Institute was founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in 1992 and has organized several Bon teaching centers throughout the world. It offers regular retreat facilities and programs. Ligmincha Bookstore holds a comprehensive collection of
Bon books and other educational materials and can be found on the Ligmincha website.www.ligmincha.org
||•||Based on the belief that the future of Bon depends on its children, the Bon Future Fund focuses on raising awareness and support for higher education for indigenous Bon children in exile.
||•||Yuan Yuan Educational Foundation generates financial support for the higher education of young Tibetan Bon monks. www.yuan-yuan.org
||•||Ponlob Thinley Nyima Rinpoche is the Master Teacher of Menri Monastery. Dzogchen Wodsel Ling organizes his teachings in the west and is committed to raising funds to help the monks at Menri Monastery,
most of whom have no means of self-support. Website includes sales links for Ponlob's CDs and calligraphies. www.DzogchenWL.org
|A few foundations and
interesting projects that help to further knowledge about Bon religion, art, literature, and archeology:
|•||For an opportunity to study the Bon religion with Lama Khemsar Rinpoche at his centers in Great Britain, Europe, and USA, there is the Tibetan Study Centre. www.yungdrungbon.com||•||The Rubin Museum of Art at 150 West 17th Street, NY, NY houses a vast collection of Himalayan art - much of it Bon. For current information on its collection, exhibitions, bookstore, and programs. www.rmanyc.org
||•||Himalayan Art Resources is dedicated to creating a comprehensive and definitive archive of Himalayan and Tibetan art from collections around the world. Among the thousands of images, many important Bon thangkas and sculpture are featured in this beautiful virtual museum.
||•||The goal of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center is to preserve Tibetan cultural heritage by gathering Tibetan texts and making its literary tradition widely available to research and scholarship. TBRC has trained Bon monks in the scanning process so that all their texts may be digitally preserved and available to all.
||•||The Zhang Zhung Preservation Project is a major effort to discover and document pre-Buddhist sites in Tibet. Archeologist/explorer, John Vincent Bellezza has identified and photographed many early Bon sites including ruins, rock art, tombs and megaliths.
||•||Renowned documentary film maker Bill Megalos has trained a team of "film-maker monks" at Menri Monastery to record the events, rituals and practices of Bon. His website,
http://billmegalos.com/bon/index.html presents an informative glimpse into Menri and the work he is doing there.
Photos: Chelsea Ambrose, Bill Megalos, Jonathan Kramer, Mary Ellen McCourt, and other Menri visitors.