By Jean-Luc Achard
Shardza Tashi Gyeltsen (1859-1934) is among the most crucial luminaries of the Bon culture of Tibet and positively the main remarkable contemporary grasp of the lessons of the Great Perfection. all through his existence, he utilized the rules of the Great Perfection in several remoted retreats and perfected either non secular attention and scholarly erudition. His works have these days develop into immensely vital references for the fashionable Bon culture, whether, for a few lineage holders of this Tibetan college, he's most sensible linked to the circulate often called "New Bon." This extensively subtle view, besides the fact that, is inaccurate as is obviously proven via the research of Shardza Rinpoche's gathered Works within the current quantity.
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Extra info for Enlightened Rainbows: The Life and Works of Shardza Tashi Gyeltsen
DBra sprul rin po che was giving the vows to numerou s children of the region for a whole month an d during that time, Shardza's condit ion started to change: he beca me ill, acted like a mad child and wou ld n ot take any food an ymore. Shardza's father went to see dBra sprul fin po che who said that these were sig ns associa ted w ith the Protectors (snll1g 11Ia), that the child had a good karmi c fortune and should beco me a monk sin ce h e w ill not be of any he lp as a hou seholder. Then, at the proper a uspi cious time, Sha rd za received the novi ce vows.
In 1875 (shing plmg), w hen he was 17, Shardza received from dBra sprul the practice of Guru Yoga; the KUI1 bzang zhi ba'i 5gom lung, as well as the rjes snnng of Bon skyong A bswe, together with the correspondi ng sddhnnn . At that time, he also received numerous reading authorizations (llmg) and entrustments (bkn' glad) and was formally declared a holder of these teachings (bs tan pa'i bdag po). After this, dBra sprul also gave him the large consecration (dbang bskllr rgyas pal of the yi dam dBal gsas rngam pa, as well as the extensive entrustment (bka' gtad rgyas pal of A bswe.
They bound him by oath and therefore establi shed happiness throughuut the regiun. From that time un warus, it is said th at the country had been sa nctified by the blessings of the Body, Speech and Mind of the Buddhas. , volum es 50 & 51). 4 PART ONE mchog mkha' 'gying and his YUill, mKha' la gdu~ mo, as we ll as by the presence of rDza sTeng chen monastery. 1 The region is also regarded as a country in which Dran pa nam mkha' and his sons hid Treasures (gter ilia): in particular, Tshe dbang rig 'dz in is sai d to have left hand and foot prints on several rocks, formulating aspiration prayers for Bon teachings to spread in the region, etc.