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Bön

Bön (Tib., ‘invocation’). The non-Buddhist religion of Tibet which was indigenous and unorganized before the first diffusion of Buddhism there (7th cent.), but which became organized at the time of the second diffusion (11th cent.). In spite of claims of uninterrupted continuity, however, any connection between ancient and modern Bön is extremely tenuous.

The nature of original Bön—beyond probable animism and shamanism and definite non-literacy—is hard to determine, since all early descriptions of it are Buddhist and intended to discredit. Contrary to the popular misconception that Buddhism was significantly influenced by Bön when it entered Tibet, it is clear that what is known of Bön today is almost completely influenced by Mahāyāna Buddhism, which was itself transplanted from India into Tibet virtually unchanged.

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Bon

Bon a Japanese Buddhist festival held annually in August to honour the dead; also called Festival of the Dead and Lantern Festival.

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Bon

Bon (rituals, festival of the dead): see ULLAMBANA; FESTIVALS.

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