kalden yungdrung wrote:
You wrote also that JL has permission from Lopon lak that he can teach, very great to have such a permission.
Oh I think he does not have any intention to use it and is not really into teaching at all. He likes the forest better...
Vairocana of Paghor / China is here meant i suppose. Was Vairocana a Bonpo or a Buddhist or maybe both?
Vairocana was first Bonpo but he became one of the first ordained tibetan buddhist monks and then was sent to India by the king to look for Dzogchen texts.
Here i can see a Dorje Thekpa name like Changchub Dorje. Was he also inside Vajrayana engaged?
There is no exclusion of Tantras or Sutras in Bon. Generally what a "qualified" master means in Bon is someone proficient in Sutras, Tantras, and Dzogchen (+ all other outer sciences, etc.). Sangye Lingpa discovered a lot of tantric works. Some are still very famous in eastern tibet.
How many Bon cycles does have Bon Sarma?
I don't know, probably hundreds or thousands, it's gigantic and still open to new revelations.
Also very interesting to know what texts are here meant which are associated with GR?
Many of them but not all New Bon is associated with GR. Dechen Lingpa for instance had lots of visions of GR, but not a single of his termas is associated with him. They are all associated with Drenpa Namkha.
Yes i know also that some Bonpos are not so for a statue on their shrine of GR.
In Shardza Rinpoche's first monastery (where he was educated), there was a gigantic statue of Chenrezig in a shrine, as well as other buddhist deities, and also a Buddhist Kanjur and Tengyur. When the gelukpas burnt it down, they also destroyed the statues and burnt the libraries, which means they destroyed buddhist statues and buddhist canons... This is silly. What is even more silly, is that the crucial thing that distinguishes Bonpos (especially those associated with Menri) from Gelukpas is Dzogchen in their curriculum. Otherwise Bon monks have the same curriculum as Geluks. By same I mean similar subjects.
When i understood it right then Bon Sarma started already at the time of the Tibetan king Trisong Detsen. That is for me a quite new vision about the Bon Sarma.
Well this is the New Bon narrative. You don't have to buy it.
What has the 17th century then to do with Bon Sarma? That is what i have had in mind.....
17th century ? Nothing I guess. But the 18th century sure: it saw the birth of the 1st Kundrol, of Sangye Lingpa and other New Bon masters which are less well-known.
In case this list is too long then there are a lot of Termas discovered by the Kundröl Rinpoches.
About 42 volumes in the recent reprint. Or maybe it's 62, I don't remember.
But maybe some of the most important Termas could be mentioned?
Tsalung Khandro Sangdzo is the "best-seller" of the Kundrol lineage.
Does the Yetri Thasel belong to Bon Sarma maybe?
No, but it's a cycle belonging to the Bon of India.
Or is it another Dzogchen cycle of teachings which is mainly practiced within Bon Sarma?
Yetri is a core text used in the Drubdra curriculum by monks in Menri. It is not connected to New Bon.