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Bon in Nepal: Traces of the Great Zhang Zhung Ancestors in the Himalayas: The Light of the History of Existence

Nagru Geshe Gelek Jinpa (Author) Carol Ermakova (Editor) Dmitry Ermakov (Editor) Carol Ermakova (Translator) Dmitry Ermakov (Translator) Charles Ramble (Foroward)

BÖN IN NEPAL Traces of the Great Zhang Zhung Ancestors in the Himalayas The Light of the History of Existence by Nagru Geshe Gelek Jinpa Edited by Carol Ermakova and Dmitry Ermakov For many millennia, Yungdrung Bön has been practised in the remote mountainous regions of Nepal which once formed part of the ancient Zhang Zhung empire. Although the tradition's fate fluctuated with the changing political tides, many aspects of this rich religious culture still survive today. "Bön in Nepal" is the fruit of one Bönpo monk's expeditions into these areas to uncover and document living traces of Zhang Zhung's culture and religion. Illustrated with over 200 magnificent full colour photographs, this book opens a window onto the lives of Bönpos in Nepal today, gracefully combining Nagru Geshe Gelek Jinpa's personal diary with his meticulous research to provide the reader with a moving yet accurate account. By matching scriptural texts and historical documents with family histories and local folklore, Geshe Gelek is able to pinpoint several important sacred sites previously lost to us, and through "Bön in Nepal" we, too, can share his excitement as he discovers, for instance, the mountain hermitage of Zhang Zhung Nyengyud Dzogchen lineage master Ronggom Togme Zhigpo, or the ruins of Bönkor monastery. This book also contains a wealth of information on monasteries, ngagpa centres, family shrines, lineages and rituals regularly performed today in the Bönpo enclaves. "Bön in Nepal" is sure to become a favourite among lovers of Nepal's rich cultural fabric, as well as among those interested in the origins of Tibetan culture and religion and the historical geography of ancient Zhang Zhung and Yungdrung Bön. "The present book, meticulously and sensitively translated into English by Carol Ermakova and Dmitry Ermakov, offers a highly readable account of Gelek's journey - or rather, series of journeys - to the main Bon locations of Central and Western Nepal. The lively narrative leads the reader through the gorges and passes of some of the world's most awe-inspiring landscapes, acutely conveying the challenges of travelling in this unforgiving terrain.

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About the author

Charles Ramble

Charles Ramble is Diecteur d etudes at the Ecole Pratique des hautes Etudes, Paris. From 2000 to 2010 he held the position of Lecturer in tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.

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Title Bon in Nepal: Traces of the Great Zhang Zhung Ancestors in the Himalayas: The Light of the History of Existence
Format Hardcover
Date published: 26.12.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788170263029
length 254p., Colour; Illustrations; Maps; 29cm.