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Two recent video presentations by Dmitry Ermakov, Foundation for the Preservation of Yungdrung Bön, UK, at the 5th International Conference on the Phenomenon of the Holy Mt. Kailash, Universitӓt Hamburg, 25-27 March 2022, are now published in written form. The Importance of Mt. Kailash in the Bön Religion can be read here: The Magical Duel between Milarepa and Naro Bönchung: Who Really Won? can be read here:
Abstract: Probably everyone who has even a little interest in Tibet knows or has at least heard of the magical contest between Buddhist yogi Milarepa and Bönpo sorcerer Naro Bönchung which is purported to have taken place at Mount Kailash. The tale has been told and retold for centuries in Tibet and beyond to illustrate the superiority of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism over Yungdrung Bön. But does it have any grounding in real events? Did this magical duel really happen on Mount Kailash? And who was the real winner? I will attempt to answer these questions by examining both Bönpo and Buddhist…
Mount Kailash, or Gang Tise, as the Tibetans call it, is one of the world’s holiest mountains. It is revered by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bönpo alike. This conference will bring together experts from all around the globe to discuss why Mt. Kailash and its environs play a central role in these ancient belief systems.
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