Bonpo Shang Transmission and Initiation at the Black Sea
September/October 2023 at the Black Sea, Turkey
"The Bonpo Shang is one of the world's oldest ritual Sound Tools, and quite possibly the oldest metal sound tool, dating back to the pre-Imperial Period of the ancient kingdom of ZhangZhung, and is mentioned in writings attributed to the founder of Bon, Tonpa Shenrab. The instrument existed at the time of Lord Shenrab (16,000BC according to some historians ), and may be considerably older according to sources in the Bon community. The instrument is found in other shamanic traditions in the Himalayas, Tibet, Bhutan, Yunnan, Tuva, Mongolia,and as far north as the Buriyat Republic."
Innerview: A Deep Dive with lots of practice time, expect to be stretched to the limit. Classes begin at 4:30am with an authentic practice based upon research, study, and interviews with nearly 3 dozen Lamas and Throne Holders. Dr. Mitch's Root Teacher was Tantric Bon, meditation with the 33rd Menri Gyalwa (including Powa), Sutra studies with numerous Dzogchen teachers, Long Life Initiation and Empowerment (awarded the title of Drup Shen Pa), Powa Initiation, Empowerment and Result with the Abbot of Osel Samten Ling.
Outerview: This is the most comprehensive training program on this instrument in the world today. The program covers the uses and knowledge contained with the Bonpo culture, and then extends further into the shamanic uses by the lha-pa, dpa-mo, and lha-beb priests; as well as the uses by the Bomba, Paju and Naxi.
We will explore pre-Tibetan history and the belief systems surrounding the Drala and the Werma, as well as Naga. These ancient constructs will become the Focal Plane as we navigate a esoteric Timescape with traditional practice protocols from the period of the Shen.
A short practice will be introduced by Mitch Nur, PhD based on 'traditional Bon practices,' these instructions assist in the 'pointing of the mind' or the 'leaning in' to working with this instrument. Students are required to engage this practice as well as this Transmission with a 'fire in the heart.' Research for this program contains elements from the Northern Treasury or mDo and Po Ti texts. Morning practice is led by Umzey Zeny Bagatsing Ogrisseg and daily Skills Instruction led by Nancy Aleo.
The Shang is an incredible sound tool in the hands of someone who has been trained and tutored in the ways of this instrument. This instrument has a genuine text which has been discovered in 3 different regions of Tibet. It 'clearly' states that the 'purpose' of this sound tool, was to heal, which makes this the oldest and only sound tool with the stated purpose of "healing," according to historical records.