The Thirteen Yungdrung Bön Activities are practices that perfect the two accumulations of merit and wisdom. These activities develop our positive qualities and diminish negative tendencies, and provide a way to take advantage of our precious human life. Engaging in these activities also has the benefit of protecting the mind from fear, anxiety and obsessive thoughts by focusing upon sacred actions of body, speech and mind.
- Writing the sacred syllables
- Reading sacred books
- Reciting the scriptures
- Turning the wheel of Bön
- Presenting offerings and prostrations
- Stopping ordinary speech and maintaining silence
- Reflecting upon the meaning of the words
- Listening to the sacred teachings for one’s self
- Teaching the sacred teachings for others
- Meditating upon the actual meaning
- Practicing towards a goal
- Exerting one’s self in performing virtuous activity
- Exerting one’s self with the causes to obtain a precious human body
“To the embodiment of all the places of refuge, the root lama,
I pay homage, admit my wrongdoing, present offerings, and supplicate!
Please pacify all obstacles, and guide me along the path of liberation!
Bestow your blessings that my wishes will be spontaneously fulfilled!
Through the force and the power of this, wherever I am, may the labels “illness,” “hunger,” “weapons,” “conflict,” and “disharmony” not even exist!”
— Extracted from The Spontaneous Wish-fulfillment of Removing Obstacles from the Path, The Oral Transmission of Khandro Shérap Lopélma
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