Structure of the Foundation
The Foundation shall be a charitable organization based on international collaboration, initially consisting of Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche as honorary member and Geshe Gelek Jinpa, Dmitry Ermakov and Carol Ermakova as founding members.
Proceeds from all materials produced by the Foundation, such as books, documentaries, practice manuals, shall be reinvested into the Foundation.

Objectives of the Foundation
The Foundation seeks to preserve the rich knowledge encapsulated in the Yungdrung Bön tradition for the benefit of all peoples the world over.
Its charitable activities shall take a two-pronged approach:
-        ensuring the teachings of Yungdrung Bön are preserved in the West;
-        ensuring the teachings of Yungdrung Bön are preserved in situ.

The Foundation shall implement its aims through the following broad charitable activities:

1.        Translation of key texts and production of books and other educational study materials
2.        Transcription of teaching seminars given in English by erudite, bona fida teachers
3.        Facilitation of practical seminars and retreats
4.        Creation of an archive containing both digital and physical records. This shall be made available to the international academic community.
5.        Facilitation of research into all aspects of Bon, Zhang Zhung and other geographical areas where Bon is or was practised
6.        Education, including Tibetan language courses and seminars covering the art, medicine, astrology and other aspects of the Yungdrung Bon tradition
7.        Support of institutions and individuals pertaining to the Yungdrung Bon religion in situ, largely through education; the world is changing and modern skills are needed to survive in modern times and to ensure this ancient tradition is preserved on an international level. The Foundation shall therefore actively seek funds to invest into the education of teachers, including English language and IT courses. It shall also support the traditional skills such as religious art, medicine etc.

Why is it important to preserve Yungdrung Bön teachings through translations and edited transcripts?
Since leaving Tibet during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Yongdzin Rinpoche has devoted his whole life to preserving his lineage for future generations, and an important aspect of this is publishing books. His first mission in exile was to collect the scattered copies of the Bön Kanjur and Katen which had either been somehow miraculously smuggled out of Tibet or had survived in ancient Bön temples in Nepal. Yongdzin Rinpoche's aim was to gather and reprint the text necessary to re-establish the Geshe training programme in exile, and it is thanks to his tireless efforts that teachers such as Khenpo Tenpa and Geshe Gelek now have the knowledge and qualifications to teach us.

Here in the West, we are very fortunate. We can simply browse the internet or look in a bookstore to find many books on Buddhism, and even a few on Bön. However, authentic translations by erudite masters are very rare indeed, so it is our joint responsibility to do all we can to ensure the teachings of our great master, Yongdzin Rinpoche, are recorded intact, seriously and respectfully, not only as study and practice aid for ourselves, but also as an invaluable legacy for future generations. As Yongdzin Rinpoche is the current, supreme lineage holder, his teachings and translations are imbued with the powerful blessings of the living lineage transmission.

For the last twelve years, Carol and Dmitry have been offering their work on a volunteer basis, with the proceeds from the sale of all books and transcripts channelled either into Shenten Dargye Ling or Triten Norbutse.  However, the time and work involved in producing so many books now means that the project can no longer run in this way. Therefore, with the full support of Yongdzin Rinpoche, Carol and Dmitry are in the process of establishing a Foundation for the Preservation of Yungdrung Bön to help preserve Yungdrung Bön doctrines and culture intact in both East and West.

As Yongdzin Rinpoche says: 'Books are my friends.'

མ་རྒྱུད་རྩ་རླུང་གཏུམ་མོའི་ལག་ལེན། སྒྲུབ་གྲྭ་མཁན་པོ་ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་བསྟན་འཛིན།
This video shows Drubdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin demonstrating the tsalung, tummo & thrulkhor movements and breathing from Yungdrung Bön Mother Tantra.
It accompanies a new richly illustrated practice manual, the first of its kind, with clear, full colour computer graphics showing the visualisation for channels, chakras, symbols and deities. The illustrations have been prepared in close collaboration with Drubdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin, Abbot of Meditation School at Triten Norbutse Bönpo Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal, and each detail has been checked against the Magyu texts and verified by Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.


"Magyu Tsalung & Tummo" is the first such detailed and richly illustrated manual for the ancient practice of yoga of winds, channels, inner heat and physical exercises. Here,  Drubdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin teaches a text extracted from the Mother Tantra of Yungdrung Bön, the spiritual tradition of Tibet which stems from the Central Asian Buddha Tönpa Shenrab Miwo who predates the more widely known Indian Buddha Shakyamuni by thousands of years.
While these techniques were previously reserved for those initiated into the Mother Tantra, Drubdra Khenpo has decided to share his daily practice with a wider audience because these methods have the potential to bring profound benefit not only for the development of meditation but also for health. 
The tsalung and tummo techniques explained in detail here can be practised safely, but it is advisable to receive scriptural authorisation and further instructions from the master in order to avoid common pitfalls and further develop your practice.

Drubdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin was born in Yetha in the Hor region of East Tibet, in 1968 to a Bönpo family of nomadic cattle herders. He entered Lungkar Monastery at the age of nineteen, then the Menri Monastery in Central Tibet six years later. In 1993 he joined Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he studied Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen with his root Master Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. In 2001 he obtained his Geshe degree (PhD) there.
In 2002 Tsultrim Tenzin was appointed by Yongdzin Rinpoche as the Abbot of the Meditation School in Triten Norbutse. Since then  he has been teaching Dzogchen in the meditation school and other subjects in the dialectic school.
Alongside teaching, Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin Rinpoche has been practising Dzogchen meditation and Magyu tsalung, thrulkhor and tummo for two hours every morning. He sometimes travels to Tibet, China, Japan, Europe and England to teach Bönpo Dzogchen, Tantra and tsalung.

Magyu Tsalung & Tummo movements demonstrated by Drubdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin.
Video shot in North Pennines, UK, November 2018.
Video footage by Carol Ermakova.
Video editing by Dmitry Ermakov.
Original soundtrack composed, recorded & produced by Dmitry Ermakov
@ MetaQuorum Project recording studio ( ).
Copyright © Foundation for the Preservation of Yungdrung Bön, 2018.

© Foundation for the Preservation of Yungdrung Bon.
Registered Charity (Engalnd and Wales) 1173639
© Foundation for the Preservation of Yungdrung Bon.
Registered Charity (Engalnd and Wales) 1173639