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The Light of the Golden Sun


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More than 50 years ago, the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition was driven from its refuge deep within the Himalayas. This is the story of the long and difficult journey that followed. Told through the lens of one Bön teacher born in exile—Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche—this film reveals something very precious and very old: a rich spiritual heritage, hidden for millennia, whose secret teachings are only now becoming known to the world. There may be no unbroken spiritual tradition more ancient than Bön, which traces its beginnings to a buddha who predates Shakyamuni by thousands of years. Yet this tradition today may be facing its greatest challenge thus far: to preserve its rich heritage beyond the land of its birth.

A film by Rogelio Jaramillo Flores. Produced by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.

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“The Light of the Golden Sun provides a beautiful and inspiring insight into Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and his challenges in bringing the wisdom of Bön to the West. It clearly shares that light through the people who helped manifest his vision and who are benefiting from the transformative practices of this ancient tradition.”
—John Jackson

“The Bön texts are thousands of years old, and I am sure that not even 7 percent of what is still in monasteries, libraries and caves has been translated. Even without taking into consideration the spiritual aspect, Bön should be preserved as a treasure for humanity just for its cultural aspect.”
—Anne Klein

About Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Ligmincha International:

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a prominent Bon Buddhist master and founding spiritual director of Ligmincha International, His books include the best-selling The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep; Tibetan Sound Healing; Wonders of the Natural Mind; Healing With Form, Energy and Light; Unbounded Wholeness (with Anne Carolyn Klein); Awakening the Sacred Body; Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech and Mind; and Awakening the Luminous Mind.

To learn more about Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and the Bon Buddhist tradition of Tibet, visit

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