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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: 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…
Greetings to all our friends on this auspicious occasion of Bönpo New Year, the Zhang Zhung Losar! གནམ་ལ་ཉི་ཟླ་སྐར་གསུན་བཀྲ། In the Skies above, sun, moon and stars shine forth! ལོ་བཟང་ཆུ་སྟག་འཛོམ་དྲུག་ཤིས། May the auspicious Water Tiger Year brim with Good Fortune! གསར་བཞད་ལོ་འདིར་འགྲོ་ཀུན་བདེ། May this New Year bring happiness to all beings! ཚེས་བཟང་དུས་བཟང་རྒྱལ་ཁམས་ལེགས། May this auspicious celebration bring prosperity to the land! ཁྱུང་ཉི་གཞོན་ནས། Written by Khyung Nyizhön Translated by Dmitry Ermakov
In this article, we will take a brief excursion into the story of Drenpa Namkha, one of the most famous and powerful masters in Yungdrung Bön. According to Yungdrung Bön sources, there were three major emanations of Drenpa Namkha throughout history, and all were great yogis and scholars.
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:
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