Though it shares the same basic beliefs and philosophy as Buddhism (i.e. enlightenment, karma, impermanence), Bon, an alternative religion of Tibet was founded by the figure depicted in this artwork, Tonpa Shenrab. In this depiction, Tonpa Shenrab looks almost indistinguishable from the Buddha with the right hand gesture or mudra symbolizing the touching of the earth with his right and a bowl seen in his lap. This bowl symbolizes Tonpa Shenrab renunciation of attachment and dedication to the monastic life.
Image Credit: Tonpa Shenrab with Episodes from His Life, (Bon Tradition), Amdo Province, Eastern Tibet; 18th-19th century; pigments on cloth; Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin, C2006.66.610 (HAR 200022)
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Jon Aaron teaches at the New York Insight Meditation Center, and is the guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. He is a certified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and has taught over 40 cycles of the seminal curriculum. He is a co-founding member of New York Mindfulness Meditation Collaborative. He has completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, as well as the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care program with the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and continues his studies in non-dual traditions with his primary teacher Matthew Flickstein. He is also certified in Somatic Experiencing.