Opening the Door to Bon

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Shambhala, Feb 25, 2006 - Religion - 144 pages
Bön, the ancient pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet, is still practiced today with a rapidly growing number of readers interested in the shamanism and magic that are part of its complete path to liberation. Full of practical and explicit instructions, this handbook for Westerners details the outer and inner fundamental Bön practices. This volume is part of a first wave of Bön books that are finding an enthusiastic North American audience.
 

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Contents

Origin and History of Bon
5
Tonpa Shenrab Miwo Che Founder Of The Bon Religion
7
Bon Teachings And Their History
10
The Hidden Treasures Of Bon
15
The Proper Way to Receive the Bon Teachings
19
Pure Attitude of the Enlightened Ones
20
The Tantric Way of Purifying Ones Views
22
Proper Motivation Of Students
23
Suffering of Worrying about Being Separated from Loved Ones
56
Suffering of a Lack of Basic Needs
57
Suffering of the Fear of Loss of Ones Wealth
58
Understanding The Law Of Cause And Result
59
The Nonvirtuous Deeds
60
The Three Nonvirtuous Deeds of the Body
65
The Four Nonvirtuous Deeds of Speech
66
The Three Nonvirtuous Deeds of the Mind
68

Qualities Required Of Students
24
Qualities to Avoid Three Faults of the Container
25
Nine Faults to Avoid
27
Qualities to Achieve
34
The Knowledge of Realization
35
Fourfold Practices to Train Ones Mind
39
Realizing The Rareness Of A Perfect Human Body
40
The Ten Perfections
44
Realizing The Nature of The Impermanence of Life
48
Realizing The Sources of Suffering In This Cyclic World
52
Suffering of the Four Faults
53
Suffering of Fear
55
The Ten Virtuous Deeds
70
Nine Preliminary Practices
71
Generating The Mind Of Enlightenment
73
Taking Refuge
84
Confession
91
Mandala Offering
97
Connecting With The Teacher
104
Prostrations
112
The Three Essential Recitations
115
Glossary
121
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