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Oral Tradition from Zhang-Zhung: An Introduction to the Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings of the Oral Tradition from Zhang-Zhung by John Myrdhin Reynolds

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John Myrdhin Reynolds is a linguist, translator, mystic, and initiated ngagpa (tantric yogin) of the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Since his 1974 ngagpa ordination under Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche, he also has been known by the dharma names he was then given: Vajranatha in Sanskrit, or Rigdzin Dorje Gonpo in Tibetan.

Reynolds studied History of Religions, Anthropology, Arabic, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, at the University of California at Berkeley, and at the University of Washington at Seattle. He did his PhD research in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Buddhist Philosophy under Prof. Edward Conze.

Since then, his emphasis has been on Dzogchen and the Buddhist Tantras, particularly within the Tibetan Nyingma, Kagyu, and Bön traditions, and especially in comparison with Gnosticism and other mystical traditions of the West. For more than two decades, he has worked most closely with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and Lopon Tenzin Namdak on translations of important Nyingmapa and Bönpo Dzogchen texts respectively. Meanwhile, he continues his researches and lectures widely in India, Europe, and America.