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Local Literatures: Bön
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Bön (Tib. bon) is a Tibetan religious tradition demographically concentrated in eastern and northeastern Tibet. It is regarded as a distinct religion by its own adherents, the Bönpos (Tib. bon po), as well as by other Tibetans. However, in many essential respects, it is closely related to Buddhism in Tibet:

it has numerous monasteries in which monks and nuns pursue lives of study, ritual activity, and meditation;
it has a vast body of sacred scriptures, written in the same literary Tibetan language as that employed by Buddhists; and
its art and iconography differ from those of B…

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Per Kværne, “Local Literatures: Bön”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0075>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231

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