In order to give the example of how to practice, Lord Tönpa Shenrap Miwoché retreated to the isolated Nine-leveled Yungdrung Mountain deep in the forest. His disciples followed him to the mountain and naturally formed two groups of practitioners. The first group was further divided into two groups led by Tsünpa Khyappa and the Buddha’s son, Tobu Bumsang. To these two groups, Lord Shenrap taught the highest view of the single sphere, dzogchen. This is like the sun that dawns and immediately dispels the darkness. Therefore, this is known as a direct path to realization.
The second group of practitioners were led by his eldest daughter, Shensa Nechen. To these practitioners, he taught the wisdom of awareness and the purification of obscurations. This is like the moon that increases by stages until it is fully illuminated. Therefore, this is known as a gradual path to realization.
Lord Shenrap gave instructions for these disciples to remain in solitude and practice in an undistracted and hidden way, like a wounded deer. In this way, the Enlightened Lord and his disciples remained in solitude on the Nine-leveled Yungdrung Mountain for many years.
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