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Bön Sutra

Postby kalden yungdrung » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:26 pm

Dear members,

There are according prof. Snellgroove in the gZi-brjid some Bon Sutras mentioned.

I will list them all here. Never saw a translated Bön Sutra. Maybe one could start translating one or more of these mentioned Sutras, soon or later.

Yes it is amazing that we as western Bönpos have never read a Bön Sutra!
For sure there is a certain reason for this.
We all have had Dzogchen teachings but never have had a Bon Sutra in our hands.


The Chapters of the gZi-brjid:

The gZi-brjid is an enormous work, totalling in our manuscript 2,791 folios. There are 12 volumes numbered ka to da, with a final volume a. The text is arranged in 61 chapters, and a list of these chapters will give some idea of the scope of this composite work:

1) The teacher descends from the gods of pure light
2) The teacher turns the Wheel of Bön for the non-gods
3) The sutra of the coming of the doctrine of the buddhas
4) The sutra of gShen-rabs taking birth
5) The sutra of the young prince's playful sport
6) The sutra of the prince's enthronement
7) The sutra of the prince's law-giving
8) The sutra of the IInd Way of the Shen of Illusion
9) The sutra of the IIIrd Way of the Shen of Existence
10) The sutra explaining the Way of the Shen of Existence
11) The sutra that teaches the meaning of mandala of the 5 universal (buddha-) bothes
12) The sutra explaing the Way of the Virtuous Adherers
13) The sutra explaing the Way of the great ascetics
14) The sutra of the VIIth Way of pure sound
15) The sutra of the VIIIth Way of the primeval Shen
16) The sutra of the IXth and supreme Way
17) The sutra explaning the Bön of the various translations
18) The sutra of spreading the doctrine by converting those who are hard to convert
19) The sutra of the mandala of the Loving Conqueror
20) The sutra of the very form and precious doctrine
21) The sutra of the 3 tenets taught by the teacher
22) The sutra of the spreading reays that convert sentient beings
23) The sutra explaining cause and effect
24) The sutra of the teacher drawing beings to salvation
25) The sutra of the light of the Blessed All-knowing
26) The liturgy of the All-Good the Ocean of Victory
27) The sutra of the washing away of the sins of King Gu-wer
28) The sutra of the teacher's taking the most glorious of wifes
29) The sutra of the teacher's producing the offspring of method and wisdom
30) The sutra of the Teacher's assumption of royal power
31) The sutra of the producing of offspring who convert sentient beings
32) The sutra of the Teacher teaching Bön to the gods
33) The spell of the Fierce Destroyer
34) The Mandala of the liturgy of the God of Medicine
35) The sutra of the pure prayer of good conduct
36) The sutra of the Teacher teachung bin to the serpents
37) The sutra of Mara's magical display to the teacher
38) The secret spell the Destroyer of Mara
39) The sutra of the Teacher establishing the realm of Mara in salvation
40) The sutra of removing obstructions and subduing Mara
41) The sutra of producing offspring for continuing the family-line of royal sway
42) The sutra for establishing the teaching of the IXth Way
43) The sutra for establishing the teaching about relics
44) The sutra of the acquisition of the way of salvation of thr supreme order
45) The Mother sutra the Great Way of the Word of the Perfection of Wisdom
46) The sutra of the mandala of the Great Way of the Mother
47) The spell of the Sacred Light of Vaidurya
48) The liturgy of the basic mandala of the goddess Loving kindness
49) The sutra in praise of the twenty-one forms of the goddess Loving Kindness
50) The sutra establishing the 3 forms of the doctrine
51) The sutra of the Teacher leaving his home and becoming a religious wanderer
52) The sutra of the perfecting of austerities, the actions of a Shen
53) The sutra of the manifestations of the four spoked wheel of Bön
54) The sutra of pue disciplinary rules
55) The basic sutra of the pure regulations of the Shen
56) The sutra of the sections of the regulations of the Shen
57) The sutra of the pure virtuous conduct of the Shen
58) The sutra of removing the hellish evils of King 'Kong'
59) The sutra of the Teacher leaving his entourage and practicing in solitude
60) The sutra explaining the meanings of the names, marks and qualities of the buddhas
61) The sutra of the Teacher handing the Bön doctrine over into the care (of others)


Best wishes

In Bön:
Kalden Yungdrung
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Re: Bön Sutra

Postby kalden yungdrung » Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:52 am

IN ADDITION.

Tashi delek,

We also know the Bönpo Prajnaparamita Sutras which are very similar to the Buddhist version.
I guess that some Buddhas tell similar Dharma somehow, if they explain Mind and mind.
I must say that Bön does not has so much published Sutras and this is finally needed, because via the Sutras the Dharma is mostly spread.
Yes in Bön there should be more Sutras translated and published.......

Mutsug Marro
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BY: JLA.

he principles exposed in the Bönpo Prajnaparamitas Sutras are much the same as those of the Buddhist version, except that the literature dedicated to these teachings is considerably much more developed in Bön.



This may sound paradoxical, in terms of history of literature, however this is exactly how things are from a literary point of view. If you have a look at the Bönpo Kanjur, you will be amazed at how many volumes are dedicated to Paramitas (about 70 volumes, varying from one edition to the other).

In fact, the Paramitas sutras are known as the 'Bum (lit. 100 000) which means this is a very large corpus of texts that is collectively known as the Myriads ('Bum). It would appear that the collection became so bulky that it was detached from the Sutra section, to form its own class of teachings.

Fundamentally, the instructions contained in these works are centered around 2 series of eightfold themes. You have thus a series of 8 Elements (khams-brgyad) which you find throughout this literature (starting with the Root-Sutra on Jamma) and a series of 8 themes which are specific to The Arising of the 9 Suns (Nyi-ma dgu-shar) which represent another approach to these teachings.


Among these themes are philosophical representations such as:

- Self-Awareness (rang- rig pa),
- Eternal Space (g.yung-drung dbyings),
- Wisdom (ye-shes), etc.

With all these instructions, the practitioner is guided through the 5 Paths (lam-lnga) and the 10 stages (sa-bcu) through the basic pattern known as giving up (spangs) passions and realizing (rtogs) the natural state

The root or essence of all these Prajnaparamita teachings is to unfold the quintessence of Reality (bon-nyid snying po) which correspond to the real expression of the natural state. In The Arising of the 9 Suns of Compassion (Thugs rje nyi ma dgu shar), it is said :


Thus at one time, the Revealer declared :

The principle of the Display of the Quintessence of Reality
Should not be looked for outwardly because it abides in oneself
It is like the sky which embraces everything
In the purity of its (abiding) mode (endowed with an) ocean-like depth
Its error-less teachings blaze with a perfect splendor


There is one work which summarizes nearly everything regarding the Bön Prajnaparamita Sutras. It is entitled The Ornament of the Gradual Path of Manifest Realization of the Prajnaparamita (Shes rab kyi bla na med par phyin pa mngon par rtogs pa lam gyi rim pa'i rgyan) and discusses in verse form the 8 Elements (khams-brgyad) which are central to this literary genre and practice.

I don't know if this exists in English translation, a French version has been started but never completed (maybe in 2009).

If there is only one text to read/study/receive regarding the Bön Prajnaparamita, it is certainly this one. It is not always very easy but it is clear enough to provide some easy understanding and since generally the Bönpo Geshe cursus spends so much time on the Paramitas, it should not be impossible to have a qualified Geshe discuss at length and with pertinence on this subject.
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Re: Bön Sutra

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:00 pm

http://www.olmoling.org/section/file/96/Heart_Sutra.pdf

I found this version of the Heart Sutra a while back by Googling.
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Re: Bön Sutra

Postby kirtu » Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:18 pm

kalden yungdrung wrote:
Yes it is amazing that we as western Bönpos have never read a Bön Sutra!


Have you asked your teachers to translate the Bön sutras? I know they have a lot on their plates but this would be a very meritorious project.

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Re: Bön Sutra

Postby Losal Samten » Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:05 pm

Johnny Dangerous wrote:http://www.olmoling.org/section/file/96/Heart_Sutra.pdf

I found this version of the Heart Sutra a while back by Googling.

Nice, cheers!
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Re: Bön Sutra

Postby kalden yungdrung » Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:11 pm

Johnny Dangerous wrote:http://www.olmoling.org/section/file/96/Heart_Sutra.pdf

I found this version of the Heart Sutra a while back by Googling.



Tashi delek JD,

Thanks for sharing !

But it"s a drop in the ocean, if we see how many Sutras there are in the Bönpo Kanjur. :)
Regarding Dzogchen and Tantra there is a lot, but there are also others and some of them need realy Sutra first.

Mutsug Marro
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Re: Bön Sutra

Postby kalden yungdrung » Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:17 pm

kirtu wrote:
kalden yungdrung wrote:
Yes it is amazing that we as western Bönpos have never read a Bön Sutra!


Have you asked your teachers to translate the Bön sutras? I know they have a lot on their plates but this would be a very meritorious project.

Kirt



Tashi delek K,

Yes and i offered to pay the translation and printing of the Sangye Menla Sutra, some time ago.
Have to come back to that agreement one more time ..........

I guess that the Dzogchen and Tantra were more urgent than the Sutras.


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