A Bön Song: The Lute of Unceasing Sound Emptiness by Chögyam Trungpa
We are pleased to announce our new publication, The Lute of Unceasing Sound-Emptiness: Song of the Eternal Bön View. It features the translation of a song in praise of the Bön view, which the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote during his youth in Tibet.
The Sadhana of Mahamudra and “Mamo Chant” describe how “the sacred mantra has strayed into Bön,” which makes Bön sound problematic. So it may come as a surprise to learn that the Vidyadhara had a deep knowledge of the ancient Bön tradition of Tibet. And it had a major influence on his teaching, especially in his presentation of Shambhala. He was a Bön tertön who discovered Bön termas, one of which still survives.
In addition to the song, this volume contains (1) a detailed essay on the Bön tradition written by the Vidyadhara himself, (2) an overview of his relationship with the Bön lineage, (3) a memoir of how some of these teachings were introduced in the West, and (4) a commentary on the song, based on our work with Karma Senge Rinpoche and Surmang Khenpo.
The book is perfect bound with a cover painting by the Vidyadhara never before published.