Bön is Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition and the indigenous source of Tibetan culture. Followers of Bön receive teachings and transmissions from teachers in lineages unbroken from ancient times to the present day. While much of modern Bön is similar to Tibetan Buddhism, Bön retains the richness and flavor of its pre-Buddhist roots. Its teachings range from harmonizing our body, speech and mind with the elemental energies of nature to the Great Perfection teachings of Dzogchen.
Ligmincha Institute, founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in 1992 and located in Charlottesville, Virginia, was created to preserve the Tibetan Bön culture, teachings and transmissions. Its intention is to present the authentic wisdom teachings of Bön in such a way that they can be beneficially integrated into modern life.