Tashi delek to everybody,
May i introduce myself?
The name is Kalden Yungdrung and i am a Bönpo.
Further am i the president of a Bon foundation named Yungdrung Rignga Ling situated in the Netherlands.
We have here a nice Lha Kang with a good program.
Vajrayana or Dorje Thekpa includes the Sarma traditions like:
Nyingma, Shakya, Kagyu and Gelug
Bön is from before the Sarma traditions or before 800.
That means that Bön is the ancient religion of Tibet.
What i try to explain is that we finally have a better word for the Vajrayana and Bön together namely the 5 Tibetan Traditions which consists out of the Bön and Sarma traditions.
Both the Bön- and the Sarma traditions have their Buddhas namely:
Bön - Buddha Tonpa Shenrab Miwo
Sarma - The Indian Buddha Shakyamuni
We never can give Vajrayana followers and Bon followers the name of Buddhist, because this would maybe mean that Bön venerates the Indian Buddha Shakyamuni and that the Sarma tradition or Vajrayana would venerate Buddha Tönpa Shenrab, this would be confusing...... Whereas they both have Buddhas who are in essence the same.
We, westerns call a Tibetan general a Buddhist, whereas this word is not known to the Tibetans.
The Tibetans know the Chöd pa = a Vajrayana or Dorje Thekpa or Buddha Shakyamuni follower
the Bönpo who is a Buddha Tönpa Shenrab follower
We better can say that the Vajrayana and Bön have Buddhas out of different historical cycles.
Further did those two Buddhas not teach the same things or Dharma.
So maybe better would be, to replace Vajrayana with the name:"the 5 Tibetan Buddhist Traditions".
The latter can be sub-divided in Bon and Vajrayana / Dorje Thekpa traditions.
President: foundation Yungdrung Rignga Ling
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THOUGH A MAN BE LEARNED
IF HE DOES NOT APPLY HIS KNOWLEDGE
HE RESEMBLES THE BLIND MAN
WHO WITH A LAMP IN THE HAND CANNOT SEE THE ROAD