Mucho Demdrug and Doctrine of Speech
Today is the anniversary of when Mucho Demdrug (Tib. Mu-cho ldem-drug), one of the seven sons of Buddha Tönpa Shenrab Miwoche, turned the Wheel of Bön.
When Tönpa Shenrab passed into nyangen ledepa (Tib. mya-ngan las-‘das-pa – parinirvana) in 7817 BC, Mucho Demdrug became Tönpa Shenrab’s Regent (Tib. gdung-sob). He descended on Earth from the realm of Cha (Tib. phywa) when the period of the Teachings of Body (Tib. sku-yi bstan-pa) was completed in 6016 BC and took charge of the Yungdrung Bön doctrines and their propagation in the new 10,000-year cycle of the Teachings of Speech (Tib. gsungs-gi bstan-pa). Under Mucho Demdrug’s guidance 84,000 Yungdrung Bön doctrines of Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen (Tib. mdo sngags sems gsum) were translated into 360 languages by the Six Great Translators (Tib. lo-tsa drug / mkhas-pa’i phul du phyin-pa’i lo-tsa-ba) and others and spread far and wide all over Eurasia and, later, to the rest of the world. Homage to the Great Regent Mucho Demdrug!
The Four Wheels of Bön:
TA-WA YE PHAB
Take the highest View.
CHYO-PA ME YAR-DZEG
Step up with your activities, starting from the smallest virtues.
Whatever practice you do, take compassion as the base.
PHA-ROL-CHYIN CHU CHYO
Practise the Ten Paramitas with determination.
These four lines are what we call The Four Wheels of Bön. This Teaching is the foundation and the essential summary for all kinds of methods and practices found in Yungdrung Bön.THE FOUR WHEELS OF BÖN ༎བོན་འཁོར་ཚིག་བཞི།, Oral Teachings by Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, Transcribed, compiled and edited by Carol Ermakova and Dmitry Ermakov, UK: FPYB, 2016, p. 23.
Featured image of Mucho Demdrug courtesy of Drubdra Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin.