Distant Lands

Distant Lands

Inspired by the Earliest Historians at the Edges of the Known World
Inspired by the Earliest Historians at the Edges of the Known World
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Yungdrung Gutzeg

Yungdrung Gutzeg

         Remnants of the lost language of the Zhang-zhung tell the story of Tönpa Shenrab Miwoche, spiritual guide come to lead the world to enlightenment.  Born some 18,000 years ago in Olmo Lung Ring in the land of Tagzig, Lord Shenrab advised a spiritual regimen.  Harmony between Spirits of Nature and Self.  Shamans in trance commanded elemental forces and used chants to influence weather, heal people, and pacify spirits. He named it Bon.

         Miwoche claimed Olmo Lung Ring could only be entered by purging the mind of all contradiction.  In a land both real and hyperreal lay Yungdrung Gutzeg.  Sacred Mountain of the Nine Swastikas.  Ascending to the summit - nine steps symbolize the Nine Ways of the Bon - the Path to Enlightenment.

         Whispers of a peak northwest in the lands of the Tajik perhaps near Olmaliq in Uzbekistan hint at Buddhism's earlier journey across Persian trade routes before later migration from Han China and India in the East.  By the late 7th century - collapsing borders, competing religions, internal conflict, and shifting alliances had changed the face of Tibet forever.  In 779 CE, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery is built at Samye and Bon is suppressed.

          King Trisong Detsan calls to court the high monks of both faiths to judge their mystical power and spiritual reasoning.  Drenpa Namkha, a prince of the Zhang-zhung leads the delegation of the Bon.  Perhaps a prearranged contest, the Bon were promptly defeated and declared a false faith.  Thousands were banished.  Hundreds of priest went into hiding, secreting holy scriptures in caves while the people held fast to their beliefs.  Drenpa himself renounced his faith publicly to avoid death and become a double agent amongst the Buddhist monks, as the faithful went underground for the next three hundred years.

          Some name Yungdrung Gutzeg as Mount Kailash, in western Tibet. Shenrab Miwoche's followers say anyone can climb Mount Kailash - the summit of Yungdrung Gutzeg may only be reached through enlightenment.​

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