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The Cult and the Practice of the Bonpo Deity Walchen Gekhod also known as Zhang Zhung Meri

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Author: John Myrdhin Reynolds


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The Meditation  Deity for the  Zhang-zhung Nyan-gyud, the Tradition of Dzogchen from the  Ancient Kingdom of Zhang-zhung, containing translations of the Sadhana Practice texts for the deity Zhang-zhung Meri from the Me-ri  sGrub-skor, together with the Origin Myth of  Walchen  Gekhod.


First Preface

Second Preface

Part One: The Cult and Practice of Gekhöd Meri

1. Buddhism, Bön, and Shamanism

2. The Cult of the Mountain Gods in Tibet

3. Yungdrung Bon—The Primordial Tradition

4. Zhang-zhung and Mount Kailas

5. Gekhöd and Meri

6. Bönpo Tantras and Lineages for Gekhöd Meri

Part Two: Sadhana  and Iconography of Zhang-zhung Meri

1. General Introduction to Tantric Sadhana Practice

2. Introduction to the Intermediate Sadhana Text

3. Translation of the Intermediate Sadhana Text for Meri

4. Translation of the Meri Nyingthik Text

5. Mantra Sadhana

6. The Iconography of Meri and His Mandala

7. The Iconography of Gekhöd and His Mandala

Part Three: Commentaries on the Generation Process for Meri

1. Introduction to the Translations of the Communtaries

2. The Condensed Clear Understanding of the Generation Process for Meri

3. The Clear Understanding of the Generation and Perfection Processes for Meri

4. The Clear Understanding of the Mandala of Meri

5. Topical Outline of the Commentaries

Part Four: Purification Rites for Gekhod

1. The Origin Myth of Gekhöd

2. Introduction to the Purification Rites associated with Gekhod

3. Purification with the Red Medicinal Waters

4. Purification with the White Medicinal Waters

5. Fumigation Rite for Cleansing of the Pollutions Incured by Gekhöd

Part Five: The Guru Sadhana Practice for Gekhöd Meri

1. Introduction to the Translation

2. The Practice of the Inseparability of the Gurus and the Lord Protectors

Conclusion: Tantra and Dzogchen

Appendix 1: Classification of the Bönpo Tantras

Appendix 2: Interlinear Translations with Tibetan Pronunciation

Glossary of Tibetan and Zhang-zhung Terms