The Field of Accumulation: The Gathering of Buddhas

Tsok zhing according to Menri

In the Yungdrung Bön tradition, the place where the deities and objects of veneration are gathered is called the “Tsok Zhing”, the “Field of Accumulation”.  It is also sometimes translated as the “Field of Merit” or the “Merit Field” because what is being accumulated by paying homage and making offerings to this place is merit, or virtue.  This is the Merit Field according to the Menri Tradition from a drawing done by the great master and scholar His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.

Outline guide for tsok zhing 235-249

This is the gathering of all of the Enlightened Beings.

235. Gyalwa Shenrap Miwo Künlé Nampar Gyalwa, the Completely Victorious in Every Way, Shenrap Miwo.  16,017 BC – 7,817 BC.  He is the Enlightened Being of the present time and founder of the Yungdrung Bön religious tradition.  He appeared in the human realm when the human life-span was generally 100 years long.  There are three versions of his life history: short, medium and long.  The short version is within a text commonly referred to as the Do Dü.  It is a terma, or rediscovered text, and has twenty-four chapters within one volume.  The medium length version is within a text commonly referred to as the Zer Mik.  It is also a terma and has eighteen chapters in two volumes.  The long version is within a text commonly referred to as the Zi Ji.  It is part of a group of orally transmitted texts and has sixty-one chapters in twelve volumes.

236. Yungdrung Tsukshen Gyalwa.

237. Sebu Malo.  One of the main disciples of Shenrap Miwo.

238. Sebu Yulo. One of the main disciples of Shenrap Miwo.

239. Tobu Bumsang.  He was the eldest son of Tönpa Shenrap Miwo.  He led a group of disciples who primarily practiced the dzogchen teachings.

#240-246 Enlightened Beings that Appeared in Past Eons

240. Nangwa Rangjung Tukjéchen.  This Enlightened Being appeared in the world when the human life-span was generally 100,000 years long.

241. Gewa Khorwa Kündren.  This Enlightened Being appeared in the world when the human life-span was generally 80,000 years long.

242. Künshé Nyonmong Duksek. This Enlightened Being appeared in the world when the human life-span was generally 60,000 years long.

243. Lékpa Tsemé Tukjéchen. This Enlightened Being appeared in the world when the human life-span was generally 40,000 years long.

244. Nyompa Tamche Khyenzik. This Enlightened Being appeared in the world when the human life-span was generally 20,000 years long.

245. Jampa Trigyal Khukpa. This Enlightened Being appeared in the world when the human life-span was generally 10,000 years long.

246. Dakpa Togyal Yékhyen.This Enlightened Being appeared in the world when the human life-span was generally 1,000 years long.  He was the eldest brother of Tönpa Shenrap Miwo in the celestial realm.

Jamden Rangma Medron, the Buddha prophesized to appear in the future

247. Jamden Rangma Médron.  This Enlightened Being is prophesized to be the Buddha of the Future and will appear in this world when the human life-span has declined to be only 10 years long.  He was the younger brother of Tönpa Shenrap Miwo in the celestial realm.  He is depicted upon a throne held aloft by elephants and seated upon cushions of a sun, moon, and lotus.  His right hand is held in a mudra of contemplation at the center of his heart and his left hand is held in the mudra of equipoise.  His body is the color of clear crystal and upon his head is a crown of precious jewels.

248. The 1002 enlightened Beings of the Fortunate Eon.

249. All of the Enlightened Beings found throughout the ten directions.

Posted on April 7, 2016, in Iconography, Prayer and Ritual, Tibetan Lamas, Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyu. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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