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Buddhism and the West - Essential Principles of Buddhism and Bon

Published on 15 Mar 2020 / In Buddhism

In a 2013 interview, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche explains his approach to teaching in the West and clarifies essential principles of Buddhism and Bon.

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a prominent Bon Buddhist master and founding spiritual director of Ligmincha International, http://www.ligmincha.org/en/. His books include the best-selling The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep; Tibetan Sound Healing; Wonders of the Natural Mind; Healing With Form, Energy and Light; Unbounded Wholeness (with Anne Carolyn Klein); Awakening the Sacred Body; Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech and Mind; and Awakening the Luminous Mind.

Questions addressed in this video:
1. What Attracts Western Audiences to Your Teachings? (00:17)

2. How Did You Adapt the Teachings to the Western Mentality? (02:41)

3. Why Do You Mostly Use Simple Vocabulary in Your Teachings? (6:24)

4. What Is the Relation Between Shamanism and Buddhism? (7:31)

5. What Are the Main Principles of Buddhism? (9:55)

6. What Is the Purpose of the Inner Search for Enlightenment? (11:24)

7. Do Buddhism and Christian Mysticism Share a Common Goal? (13:27)

8. Is There Any God in Buddhism? (14:18)

9. Do Buddhism and Quantum Physics Share Any Close Connections? (16:55)

10. Is Spirituality on the Basis of Secular Ethics on the Rise? (18:38)

11. Interreligious Dialogue—A Starting Point for Secular Ethics? (20:14)

12. What Are the Most Important Human Values Today? (21:50)

For more information about Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Tibetan Bon Buddhism, visit http://www.ligmincha.org/en/

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