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Relationship Between Bon Religion and Tibetan Culture

Kunsang Dolma interviewed Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, director of Ligmincha Bon Center, Charlottsville, Virginia, on relationship between Bon religion and Tibetan culture. Geshe Wangyal says that Bon religion is the pre -Buddhist native religion of Tibet, and since then many of the Bon traditions have been incorporated into Tibetan culture. For instance, using prayer flags, doing divination, incense burning, astrology, death and marriage rites have originated from the Bon tradition.