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This introductory chapter commences with a brief history of the Bon tradition in Tibet. It then talks about Shardza Rinpoche and the Bon tradition in the 19th and early 20th century in Eastern Tibet. The chapter discusses the edition of the Sharrdza bKa' 'bum in 13 and 16 volumes, Shardza Rinpoche's various names, and an overview of the collection. The Bon religion is generally considered to be the oldest spiritual tradition of Tibet but what should be properly understood as Bon differs quite widely according to individuals. To this group of people belong some of the most interesting minds in the religious history of Tibet, including the actual Dalai Lama who installed Bon as the fifth religious tradition of Tibet. Shardza Rinpoche was known under a number of names, some that he used to sign his compositions, others that were addressed to him as a sign of devotion and veneration.

Keywords: Bon tradition; Dalai Lama; Shardza Rinpoche; Tibet

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