New Documentary on Bon Now Available on Ligmincha YouTube

TWR in sunlightThe Light of the Golden Sun (63 min.), a film by Rogelio Jaramillo Flores, was released Feb. 21, 2015, on the Ligmincha YouTube channel.The film tells about the rich history of Bon, how it came to the West and the role that Ligmincha has played in recent years. 

More than 50 years ago, the Tibetan Bon Buddhist tradition was driven from its refuge deep within the Himalayas. This is the story of the long and difficult journey that followed. Told through the lens of one Bon teacher born in exile—Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche—this film reveals something very precious and very old: a rich spiritual heritage, hidden for millennia, whose secret teachings are only now becoming known to the world. There may be no unbroken spiritual tradition more ancient than Bon, which traces its beginnings to a buddha who predates Shakyamuni by thousands of years. Yet this tradition today may be facing its greatest challenge thus far: to preserve its rich heritage beyond the land of its birth.

“We have been working on this documentary for many years with the help of many people,” Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche says. “Because of a significant delay in the release date, some segments of the film are not fully updated—for example, my son, Senghe, has grown up so much since the film’s completion! But I’m happy that it is finally coming out, and trust that it will offer understanding for new people and enjoyment for my longtime students. In the future, we hope to produce many other, shorter films as a way to communicate the teachings.”

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