The 13th day of the 4th month on the lunar calendar is the anniversary of the parinirvana and rainbow body of the Yungdrung Bön scholar and meditation master, Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche. This year, that date coincides with June 15th on the Western calendar. For more details about this accomplished spiritual master, see previous post: https://ravencypresswood.com/2015/05/31/anniversary-of-shardza-tashi-gyaltsen-attaining-the-rainbow-body-2/
During his lifetime, although Shardza Rinpoche spent a great deal of time in solitary retreat or teaching, he was also a prolific author and was able to complete many volumes of writing including his renowned five treasuries.
“The three jewels are the infallible, constant place of refuge.
The mother and son are the single refuge from the prevalence of the five degenerations.*
Sidpé Gyalmo is the supreme mother and protector of the teachings.
Greatly kind lama, embodiment of all of the victorious ones, think of me!
I pray single-pointedly that my wish for all obstacles to be removed will be perfectly accomplished!”
— Written by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche
* The Five Degenerations are: 1)The degeneration of time due to strife, 2) the degeneration of the life-span, 3) the degeneration of the body, speech and mind of sentient beings, 4) the degeneration of the afflictive emotions due to the five poisons, and 5) the degeneration of the view due to erroneous views and misconceptions.
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