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Colophon Kaleidoscope: Bon's Matrix of Authenticity

Anne Carolyn Klein and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

in Unbounded Wholeness

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178494
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195178491.003.0007
 Colophon Kaleidoscope: Bon's Matrix of Authenticity

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In the body of Authenticity, poetic and syllogistic voices provide a philosophically rich mythos about their own origins and purpose. The expansive metaphysical vision of Authenticity is signaled by its opening homage to Samantabhadra and by the centrality given to the principle of unbounded wholeness figured by Samantabhadra. The traditional Bon histories offer an equally vast panorama, filled with bold events and mythically enshrined human beings. The narrative surrounding Authenticity presumes the existence of Zhang Zhung, a geographical area with its own language, history, and mythic prestige. It presumes as well an early, often conflictual relationship between Zhang Zhung and Tibet, as well as between Bon and Buddhism, including events that precipitate the text's burial in the 8th century.

Keywords: Authenticity; Bon; Samantabhadra; Zhang Zhung

Chapter.  16790 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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