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Today is the Anniversary of Buddha Tönpa Shenrab Miwoche (Tib. Rgyal-ba Ston-pa Gshen-rab Mi-bo-che) completing the Twelfth Deed, The Deed of Realisation (Tib. rnam-par grub-pa’i mdzad-pa), when he achieved nyangen ledepa (Tib. mya-ngan las’das-pa) or parinirvana in 7817 BC, 9,838 years ago. The very essence of all the Yungdrung Bön teachings he taught is encapsulated in the four lines known as The Four Wheels of Bön / ༎བོན་འཁོར་ཚིག་བཞི།། (Tib. Bon ‘khor thsig bzhi). The Four Wheels are: TA-WA YE PHAB །།ལྟ་བ་ཡས་ཕབ། Take the highest View. CHYO-PA ME YAR-DZEG །སྤྱོད་པ་མས་ཡར་འཛེག། Step up with your activities, starting from the smallest virtues. NYING-JE…
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:
There are a few words of introduction by Gongdzö Ritröpa Chenpo who said that in order to achieve Enlightenment one must first meditate. In order to meditate so that we can achieve Buddhahood, we must realize the View.
“You must search for the meaning with your own mind.
It is not enough to merely trust whatever Buddha said;
Otherwise, the essential meaning can never be realised.
Therefore, it is imperative to verify Buddha’s words with your own reason.”
Advice from Buddha Tönpa Shenrab.