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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Bonpo & Nine Yanas (黑教九乘)
The above is a picture of a Bonpo priest wearing tiger skin ritual hat while holding ritual implements.
asked me a question: Is Bonpo belonged to
quoting to academic references, generally Bon is the early religion of Tibet;
the main activity is to worship natural phenomena similar to any other
primitive religions on the world. This is a total deviation from the teaching
of Buddha proper.
believed that the origin of Bonpo lineage can be traced to Buddha Tonpa
Shenrab. The main deity of Bon is Kuntu Zangpo. This deity rides on a peacock
and he is also revered as the Dharmakaya and the supreme creator.
As with the
Tibetan Ningmapa, the Bon also follows the “nine yana” system. The Bon nine
yana can be subdivided into the “Cause Yana” and “Result Yana”.
Cause Yana (因乘):
gshen theg pa (皮哇乘)
is said to be taught by two Dakinis, inclusive are the 360 worship rituals and
84,000 observation methods.
gshen theg pa (南乘)
is said to be taught by protector spirits: inclusive are the 4 meditation
methods, 42 cursing method and 8 types of praying methods. The purpose of this
yana is to foster human and spirit communications, curing of sickness and
gshen theg pa (呼嚕乘)
yana is taught by Bonpo priests, inclusive are the 6 convenience methods and 13
outstanding rituals, including fire invulnerability and other illusions.
gshen theg pa (世間乘)
yana is also taught by Bonpo priests, inclusive are the 360 funeral rituals, 4
methods of buriel services and 81 methods of subjugating ghosts.
bsnyen gyi theg pa (行善乘)
yana is said to be taught by one of the Bonpo deities, inclusive are the
deliverance of sentient beings, but the practitioner must kill 108 lives as
killing is also a method of delivering souls.
Srong gi theg pa (隱士乘)
yana is intended for the hermits, inclusive are 10 breathing methods and
skad bdud vdul gyi theg pa (白乘)
yana is about some Buddhist rituals. It is also called the ‘white’ yana.
gshen gyi theg pa (義乘)
within this yana is the 84 methods of meditation, 60 types of taboos and 4 Vipassana
kyi theg dbyermed (圓滿乘)
yana is also called the “great perfection”.
some Bonpo discussions here because there are so many people talk about Bonpo
now a days, but it may even be the case that a person call himself a Bonpo
master but do not know the proper practice of Bonpo lineage.