Compassionate Refuge and Protection

The Great Lama Drenpa Namkha.

The 10th lunar day of each month is the time to practice Drenpa Namkha and his two sons, Tséwang Rikdzin and Pema Tongdrol according to the Yungdrung Bön religious tradition. August 10th 2019 is the 10th day of the 6th lunar month. Drenpa Namkha was an historical figure who realized complete liberation and is revered as both a great lama and also a yidam, or meditational deity.


May the collective, compassionate blessings of the Victorious Ones of the 10 directions come for the welfare of sentient beings in this world. 

I pray for uninterrupted blessings from the subduer of demons, Drenpa Namkha.

Now, during this negative time, the forces of good are lost and the forces of evil rule the land. 

You are surrounded by the gods and goddesses of the earth and their retinues. 

I pray to the Great Lama and his two sons, to the subduer of demons, Drenpa Namkha,

may the forces of good have power to act in this world!

My present and future refuge and protector, bless me to accomplish all of my intentions!”

— Extract from the Fourteen Verse Supplication to the Subduer, Drenpa Namkha

All translations and content by Raven Cypress Wood ©All Rights Reserved. No content, in part or in whole, is allowed to be used without direct permission from the author.

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Posted on August 10, 2019, in Tibetan Lamas, Translation, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. How timely! Thanks you.

  2. How do I learn what lunar day of the month it is ? thank you Raven.

  3. Hi Janet,

    For a smartphone app, the Druk calendar is quite good although it is based upon Buddhist festival days. However, the lunar dates are almost always the same as the calculations according to Yungdrung Bon astrological calculations.

    There is also the newly released Bon calendar. However, the lunar date only appears in Tibetan script. Therefore, a person would need to read Tibetan in order to know the lunar date.

    There is also this easy Tibetan calendar generator online:

    Note that this year the first Tibetan month was repeated. This is correct and not an error.


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