Tonpa Shenrab, Tönpa Shenrab: 1 definition

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Source: academia.edu: The Chronological History of Tibetan Buddhism

Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche refers to one of the ‘four transcendent lords’ according to Bon tradition.—According to Bon tradition, Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche was the earliest teacher who introduced Terma (Dharma = Religion) in Tibet. Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche was the founder of Bon religion in the western Tibet. According to Bon mythology, three brothers, Dagpa, Salba and Shepa studied Bon religion in heaven and visited Shenlha Okar, the god of compassion. Shenlha Okar advised them to become religious teachers of mankind. Following the God’s advice, Dagpa was born in the past age and taught religion to mankind. Salba born in the present age and took the name of Shenrab Miwoche. Thus, he became the first teacher of Bon religion in the present age. Shepa will born in the future age.

Most probably, Shenrab Miwoche was a Vedic Rishi who migrated from the land of Mount Meru to Mount Kailash and founded Terma (religion). Interestingly, Vedic Swastika (Yundrung) is the symbol of wisdom of Bon religion. Shenrab was also called as Buddha Shenrab. Seemingly, Shenrab had been transformed as a past incarnation of Buddha.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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