Shenrab Miwo, also known as Shenrab Mibo or Shenrab Yungdrung, is considered the founder and the primary figure of the Bon religion. Bon is an ancient spiritual tradition that originated in Tibet and predates the introduction of Buddhism in the region. According to Bon teachings, Shenrab Miwo is regarded as a legendary figure who brought knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual teachings to humanity.
In Bon mythology, Shenrab Miwo is believed to have been born in the ancient kingdom of Tazig (often associated with the region of Zhang Zhung, which is present-day western Tibet). He is described as a compassionate and enlightened being who possessed immense wisdom and supernatural powers.
Shenrab Miwo is said to have renounced his royal status and embarked on a spiritual journey to spread the teachings of Bon. He is believed to have achieved enlightenment and became an enlightened teacher or Tönpa Shenrab, guiding beings towards liberation and spiritual awakening.
The life and teachings of Shenrab Miwo are recorded in various Bon scriptures and texts, including the “Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyu” and the “Gyalrabs Thodpa,” which are considered important scriptures in the Bon tradition.
Shenrab Miwo is highly revered by followers of the Bon tradition, and his teachings continue to be studied and practiced by Bon practitioners worldwide. His figure represents the embodiment of wisdom, compassion, and enlightenment within the Bon spiritual path.