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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:

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:

Shakyamuni, Sangwa Düpa and Tsewang Rigdzin

Today we are celebrating the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. Gautama Buddha is, according to Yungdrung Bon, an emanation of Sangwa Düpa who was a disciple of Buddha Tönpa Shenrab Miwo. Here is an article that takes a look at this connection and also raises some interesting questions. After all, it was Buddha Shakyamuni himself who said:

Anniversary of Buddha Tönpa Shenrab’s Birth

Today, 15th day of the 1st month of the Zhang Zhung calendar, Bönpos celebrate the birth of Buddha Tönpa Shenrab. According to tradition, the Buddha of Yungdrung Bön was born 18,037 years ago in Olmo Lungring, a sacred region of Tagzig (Thazig). This is where he began teaching the way of liberation from cyclical existence and from there his teachings radiated out through space and time, reaching us here today. Excerpt from: The Four Wheels of Bön ༎བོན་འཁོར་ཚིག་བཞི།།, Oral Teachings by Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, Transcribed, compiled and edited by Carol Ermakova and Dmitry Ermakov, FPYB, UK, 2016. Cover image:…
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Anniversary of Tönpa Shenrab’s Parinirvana སྟོན་པའི་འདས་མཆོད།

“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.

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