The Canon contains two sections: the Bön Kanjur (179 volumes) and the Bön Tanjur (322 volumes). The Kanjur—more precisely the “Ka”—is primarily comprised of teachings attributed to Shenrab Miwo. The edition donated to Columbia University was published by the Ancient Tibetan Text Publishing House (Lhasa) and printed in Chengdu in 1999. It most closely represents the content of the Belkyung manuscript Kanjur from eastern Tibet, and includes an especially valuable unnumbered volume which records the teaching lineages.
The Tanjur—here called the “Katen”—contains the commentaries of later teachers and treasure-revealers, or finders of hidden texts. The edition donated to Columbia was compiled and published in 1998 by Sokdé Tenpé Nima Rinpoché from Nagchukha. It includes 22 volumes unavailable in preceding editions. As a set, these versions of the Bön Kanjur and Tanjur comprise one of the later and more inclusive formations in a canonization process dating back to at least the fifteenth century.
Users may access the Bön Canon in the Rare Books Room of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. Please contact the Tibetan Studies Librarian (email@example.com) for information on catalogs and other finding aids for locating individual titles or authors.
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