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Many people may wonder if or how the historical Buddha Shakyamuni is connected with Tönpa Shenrab Miwo. Tönpa Shenrab descended to this planet eighteen thousand and eighteen years ago, but that is not according to our era, our time. Maybe you think this something beyond history, that it must be some kind of mythological story. You are free to think that, of course, but we followers of Bön are still using his teachings even though we have had so many different struggles over this long period. We have kept the Teachings very carefully, and we don’t trust or take whatever…
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: Being the most important sacred geographical feature of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Mt. Kailash was venerated by Bönpos of various creeds from times immemorial. In this talk I will firstly give a brief discourse on the four types of Bön religions to set the scene. I will then examine how the Dhami tradition of Humla, Nepal is connected to the Kailash region. The rest of the talk will focus on the role Mt. Kailash plays in Yungdrung Bön teachings and history: the meaning of its name in the Zhang Zhung language; Mt. Kailash and Lake Mapang as la-receptacles of…
On this auspicious occasion of commemorating Buddha Tönpa Shenrab Miwo’s birth on this planet, we offer a free download of a new translation, a bilingual Tibetan-English version of a prayer to Tönpa Shenrab Miwo composed by Lachen Drenpa Namkha.
Today, the fifteenth day of the twelfth Tibetan month, we celebrate the 18,039th 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).