In 1371, Dorje Lingpa, one of the five Kingly Tertons prophesied by Guru Rinpoche, and also known as Yungdrung Lingpa, discovered a controversial copper-box in the rDzu-'phrul cave in Paro Tagtsang - Bhutan, from which he extracted manuscripts of the rDzogs chen gser gyi thur ma - also known as the 'Golden Stick' or the 'Golden Needle'- rDzogs chen gser thur. This complete cycle was allegedly been concealed by Vairocana, and consists of twenty-four chapters.
In his own account, Dorje Lingpa reluctant to extract this Bon terma, was nevertheless encouraged by Padmashambhava in a vision to do so, as he instructed him that the nature of mind belongs neither to Bon or anyone. He also tells him that the crucial teaching of Bon and Buddhism are inseparable or "bon chos dbyer med", and instructs him that: “if you do not remove the cataract of ignorance from the lens of the eye, what is the use of the Golden Needle?".
And even if mutual celebration for both traditions can be further testified by one of Dorje Lingpa's songs, "ban bon gnis med du rtogs pa'i 'gur" or "The mystical song of the realisation of the inseparability of the Bon religion and Buddhism", unfortunately even these days sectarianism, doubt and suspicion continue to remain rampant amongst followers of these traditions - East and West!
It is no wonder that for political reasons, in my opinion, this terma discovered by Dorje Lingpa continues to be sidelined and disowned both by the contemporary Bon and the Nyingma traditions, and perhaps may even need to be revisited in order to flatten misguided views!
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"If the aspiration for enlightenment is your motivation in coming to see me, there is no remedy except meditative practice. I, too, will only practice." - Zurpoche Sakya Jungne