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The Rdzogs Chen Tradition As A Link Between The Rnying Ma Pa And The Bonpo

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The rNying ma pa and the Bonpo have a similar historical background. Both trace their origins back to the royal period, especially to the eighth century. While the rNying ma pa acclaim Padmasambhava as their principal patriarch, the Bonpo treat Dran-pa nam-mkha’ likewise. Both traditions naturally present them as historical masters engaged in propagating their respective doctrines. However, the rNying ma pa and the Bonpo have a common source for the rDzogs chen tradition, particularly for the Sems sde type teachings. The sBas pa’i rgum chung is a good example of this. Although the gSer gyi rus sbal was presumably compiled by gZhod-ston dNgos-grub grags-pa, it is nevertheless in turn philosophically based on Buddhist texts such as the sBas pa’i rgum chung or other similar works.

Keywords: Bonpo; Buddhist texts; historical masters; Padmasambhava; rDzogs chen tradition; rNying ma pa



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