Foundation for the Preservation of Yungdrung Bön / གཡུང་དྲུང་བོན་ཉར་ཚགས་རིག་མཛོད།

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Yongdzin Rinpoche’s Message to the Worldwide Yungdrung Bön sangha, Iron Elephant Year, 2021

Today is Losar of the Iron Elephant (or Ox). I send many tashi delegs to all friends and Tibetans, especially those connected with Yungdrung Bön. Whether you are Tibetan or a foreigner, I send special tashi delegs to everyone connected with Yungdrung Bön. This year, many things are different. According to Yungdrung Bön history, New Year, Losar, was last month. According to the government, Losar is this month. This is a general celebration, all Tibetans do it this way. Nevertheless, many Tibetan people inside Tibet, Upper and Lower Tibet, Central Tibet, and Western Tibet celebrated Losar one month before. So…
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Anniversary of Tönpa Shenrab Miwo’s Birth – a brief introduction to The Twelve Deeds

Today, the fifteenth day of the twelfth Tibetan month, we celebrate the 18,038th anniversary of the First Deed of Yungdrung Bön’s Buddha Tönpa Shenrab Miwoche (Tib. Ston pa Gshen rab Mi bo che) – the Deed of Birth (Tib. Sku bltams-pa’i mdzad-pa). During his life, Shenrab Miwo manifested The Twelve Deeds of Buddha (Tib. Mdzad-chen bcu-gnyis). Here is a brief summary of this traditional account:

Dzogchen – whether you waste it or keep it properly is up to you

Generally, Dzogchen nowadays seems to be brought down to an easy way, but in our tradition, long before, this was the hardest to understand and study. So in our school, for example, in the monastery, it is the last subject we teach; when everybody is set up and has enough knowledge – then they are ready to be taught Dzogchen. But nowadays it looks as if it’s brought down to a very easy way. Everybody thinks and says – I myself have heard this, too – ‘look to the mind and how it is thinking. If you look there, you…
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Parinirvana of Buddha Tönpa Shenrab Miwoche

Today (9th month, 30th day) we are celebrating Nyangenledepa (mya ngan las ‘das pa) / Parinirvana of Tönpa Shenrab Miwoche, Buddha of Yungdrung Bön. So it is fitting to read some of his words to his followers, as translated by Yongdzin Rinpoche:

Boundless Compassion

Homage to the Master! This morning Yongdzin Rinpoche received his copies of The Four Samayas of Dzogchen and Thirteen Points of Tantra and Tsewang Mönlam thanks to Largen Lama who brought them from France.  Here Rinpoche is holding the book open at the page with his own photo, taken by Dmitry back in 1996 at Triten Norbutse. As it says in the Tsewang Mönlam: “སུམ་ལྡན་བླ་མ་ཞིག་དང་མཇལ་ནས་ཀྱང་། May I meet with a lama endowed with the three perfections of contemplation, moral discipline and wisdom…” and: “གདུལ་བྱ་བསྟན་པ་དར་ཞིང་རབ་རྒྱས་ནས། May both the doctrines and those suitable to follow them increase ཕ་རོལ་གཞན་སྣང་ཟིལ་གྱིས་གནོན་པ་དང་། and at that time may they…
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