The anniversary of the passing away of Nangtön Dawa Gyaltsen Rinpoche is the 8th lunar day of the 11th month. On the Western calendar in 2020 this date coincides with December 22nd. He was born during the Fire Dragon year of 1796 and founded Ralak Yungdrung Ling Monastery on the bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in 1834. This monastery developed into one of the largest and most prestigious centers for learning within the Yungdrung Bön tradition. It was known for its extensive library and the fact that it had its own woodblocks to print texts. It contained many golden statues including a gilt-copper image of Nampar Gyalwa that was two-stories high. It also contained reliquary stupas enshrining the remains of previous abbots. In 1965 during the cultural revolution, the monastery was burned to the ground. In 1982, two monks who had been in residence prior to its destruction began the process of reconstruction.
Supplication Prayer to the Lord of Refuge Dawa Gyaltsen
“You, a teacher born into the Amdo family lineage of Nangzhik, you spread the unrivaled Bön teachings of the White AH throughout your homeland.
You embody the essence of all buddhas by having having perfected the exalted qualities of the major and minor characteristics.
To the Buddha who manifested in human form, I supplicate!”
— Translated from the Tibetan by Raven Cypress Wood
At the age of sixty-seven during the water dog year of 1863 on the auspicious 8th lunar day of the middle winter month at mid-day, the warmth of his body and his consciousness concentrated at the center of his heart. HIs eyes looked straight ahead, unmoving. After the third sound of “Pé!” of the transference of consciousness practice, he left the guest house of the physical body for the great bliss space of absolute reality.
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