In 2008, the Himalayan Bön Foundation was established by Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung, under the auspices of H.E. Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, to secure funding for the support of secular and spiritual initiatives by the Triten Norbutse Monastery in Bön communities throughout the Himalayan region, especially Nepal, India, and Tibet.
The primary focus of the Foundation is to establish, promote and sustain educational facilities and opportunities for Tibetan Bön communities. Projects will include establishing schools for Bönpo refugee children within the Himalayas. It will provide education programs to support the Bönpo cultural heritage and to enhance their children’s opportunities to compete economically within today’s modern world. Finally, the Foundation will provide scholarships for the advanced professional study to these children and to Bönpo monks and nuns.
As the focus of the Foundation is educational and cultural preservation, initiatives include the establishment and support of Tibetan medical schools, health care facilities, cultural heritage projects, community development and ecological initiatives within the Himalayan region. The Foundation will support indigenous Bönpos, recently immigrated from Tibet or currently living within Himalayan communities, with access to food, healthcare, shelter, educational opportunities and economic development.
The Foundation will continue to organize and support Bön religious teachings and retreats, based upon the ancient Tibetan Bön texts, taught by Bön Lamas and teachers, to interested practitioners in the West. The preservation of this vast wealth of Bön texts, and its translation into various western languages underscores the mission of the Himalayan Bön Foundation to preserve and disseminate the texts of the ancient Tibetan Bön culture and religion to institutions and public interests worldwide.