Under the leadership of H.E. Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche our foundation supports Bonpos, who in Tibet have been suppressed because of their religion and are merely tolerated as refugees in Nepal and India. We wish to support these practitioners and help to preserve the Bön Tradition as a precious cultural heritage of mankind.
Among the millions of Tibetans who were forced to leave their homeland behind since the occupation of Tibet by the Chinese armed forces in 1959 are many Bönpos, practitioner of Bön, the original spiritual and cultural tradition of Tibet and Himalayan kingdoms. The Bön tradition has been transmitted in an unbroken lineage over several thousand years into our present days. Since time immemorial Bön as a tradition has shaped the cultural and religious development of many people in central Asia.
The Yungdrung Bön Foundation Germany was inaugurated by Yungdrung Wangden Kreuzer through a substantial donation and was recognised by the administration of Upper Bavaria on February 19th, 2000 as a charitable organisation according to law with a number of objectives:
Support of individuals and monastic communities who exclusively are dedicated to the practice and transmission of Bon tradition and have insufficient means available.
Support of maintenance of Bon communities and their students as well as orphans, refugees, sick or old people and other individuals in need.
Co-financing of projects which serve the preservation of the Bön tradition like land purchase, building projects, translation and editing of teaching material and ancient texts.
" BÖN IS TIBET´S OLDEST SPIRITUAL TRADITION, AND AS THE INDIGENOUS SOURCE OF TIBETAN CULTURE, PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN SHAPING TIBET´S UNIQUE IDENTITY.
CONSEQUENTLY, I HAVE OFTEN STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING THIS TRADITION. "
H.H XIV DALAI LAMA