Bon, the indigenous faith of the Tibetan people, has long been a source of fascination. Relatively unknown among the religions of the world, the Bon faith is an enigma interwoven with the fabric of Tibetan customs and thinking.
Bon religious practice has a keen sense of the beautiful --- a mystic sense of nature that plays an important part in leading the mind from the mundane to the higher and deeper world of the divine and in transforming mere existence into an experience of living with wisdom and compassion.
His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama wrote "The Bon tradition has bequeathed the present generation a strong legacy of education and training in philosophy, monastic discipline, ritual and meditation. It encourages a combination of literary study, vibrant debate, and personal reflection."
In exile in India, a handful of dedicated Bonpo teachers have established a settlement at Dolanji in the hills around Solan in Himachal Pradesh, where they preserve and transmit from life to life and heart to heart the Bonpo way. It is there that the immense ritual legacy of Bon is studied and preserved by senior Bonpo lamas who pass on their vast store of knowledge.
The focus of the settlement is Tashi Menri Ling monastery, where young monks receive complete traditional training, a nunnery, and two orphanages. In addition to classes in grammar, medicine, astrology, and poetry, the children are also provided with a modern education.
Since 1967, the Bonpo community in exile has been straining to support the monks and nuns, children, and elderly among them while building permanent facilities. Construction is still necessary.
There are over 200 monks in the monastery and 250 children in the village school. Half of the children are orphans, most of whom have no source of support to find food, shelter, medical care, and education beyond the orphanage.
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