Bonn Monastery - Tourist / Guest will be amazed to know that there's a recently established (in last 20 years) monastery for the Bon religion in Kewzing. It is a perfectly accessible small community in south Sikkim. Nearly all the Tibetans who fled their homeland since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 many are Bonpo i.e. Followers of Bon which is the oldest spiritual tradition of Tibet. Bon is not a superstitious religion but that it is a highly developed philosophy. It derived profound respect for nature and emphasizes the healing of physical and environmental as well as spiritual afflictions. As Indian Buddhism was being established in Tibet, many native Bon elements were incorporated into the incoming religion, resulting in a distinct religion known today as Tibetan Buddhism. Bonpo practice a living doctrine dedicated to perpetuating the teachings of their founder Tonpa Shenrab. His teachings are known as Yungdrung Bon or the tradition of Eternal Wisdom and include the Nine Ways of Bon. It outlines the laws of cause and effect on the path to spiritual liberation. Sonam Thendup is from kewzing where the Bon Monastery stands today on land donated by his grand father, Cho Namgyal in early 80s.
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