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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…
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).
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: