Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

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



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Enlightened Rainbows — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation