Two years ago, in 2019, Shenten Dargye Ling started a five-year course on Bon philosophy for the first time. The content and aim of this course is in particular to teach some selected philosophical topics based on central texts, some of which are also part of the 13 year Geshe training of the Dialectical School study program at Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu and Menri Monastery in Dolanji. This course is a special opportunity to learn more about the philosophical system of Bon, to deepen our knowledge of basic concepts and ideas, and to challenge our understanding in perspective. The aim of the course is not only to gain a general (e.g. historical, cosmological, and systematic) background of Bon teachings but also an insight into the rich philosophical sutra tradition and the art of debating based on authentic central texts. In addition, the students (and possibly future translators) will be given the opportunity to acquire first knowledge of the Tibetan language or to deepen already existing knowledge.
There are two requirements for those who would like to join this course:
- First, they should get an insight into what has been done in the last two years. The relevant material (recordings and texts) will be made available for self-study in the download.
- Second, the newcomers should bring the serious intention to complete the course the following years.