Although in recent times the historical date of Buddha Tönpa Shenrap’s human birth has been stated to be the 15th day of the 12th month by the scholar His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoché (See previous post for more information: https://ravencypresswood.com/2020/02/08/anniversary-of-the-human-birth-of-lord-tonpa-shenrap-miwoche/ ), it remains a tradition to also celebrate the Buddha’s birth on the 15th lunar day of the 1st month which is the date that has been celebrated through countless generations. In 2020, this date coincides with March 9th.
“Praise and Homage for the Compassionate Teacher
King of the Teachings and a glorious guide through cyclic existence,
You are the illuminating light that overcomes all darkness!
The primary medicine that dispels the torment of ignorance and disease,
You are a King of the Mu clan, an extraordinary being who took human form!
With an army of great fire that dries up the ocean and mire of the five poisons,
You are a luminous, holy man who possesses the marks and characteristics of an enlightened being!
Having undertaken a multitude of hardships, You completed a multitude of activities!
Through both the four valid means of cognition and the six valid thoughts,
and with great loving kindness,
You liberate the migrating beings within cyclic existence!
I prostrate to the manifested enlightened body of Tönpa Shenrap!”
— Written by the great lama Drenpa Namkha and translated from the Tibetan by Raven Cypress Wood
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