gZi-brjid

(ca. 1400)

The gZi-brjid, or “The Glorious,” is a fundamental text of the Tibetan Bon religion, said to have been spiritually transmitted to Londen Nyingpo, who recorded the revelation, in the fourteenth century. This twelve-volume text contains a biography and the teachings of Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche, the founder of Bon. Bon originally referred to practices associated with ancient Tibetan folk traditions. Over the centuries, Bon gradually developed a religious institutional structure, and in many respects it has merged with Tibet’s official religion, Buddhism. Bon is considered the oldest...

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