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The Life of Milarepa ➶ [Reading] ➸ The Life of Milarepa By Tsangnyön Heruka ➫ – The Life of Milarepa is one of the most beloved stories of the Tibetan people and a great literary example of the contemplative life This biography a dramatic tale from a culture now in crisis can be The Life of Milarepa is one of the most beloved stories of the Tibetan people and a great literary example of the contemplative life This biography a dramatic tale from The Life ePUB í a culture now in crisis can be read on several levels A personal and moving introduction to Tibetan Buddhism it is also a detailed guide to the search for liberation It presents a uest for purification and buddhahood in a single lifetime tracing the path of a great sinner who became a great saint It is also a powerfully evocative narrative full of magic miracles suspense and humor while reflecting the religious and social life of medieval Tibet.

  • Paperback
  • 262 pages
  • The Life of Milarepa
  • Tsangnyön Heruka
  • 17 November 2016
  • 9780143106227

10 thoughts on “The Life of Milarepa

  1. Nancy Eister Nancy Eister says:

    A most amazing story of how a black magic practitioner and murderer became a living saint or bodhisattva Not by being good but by being truly himself Among Milarepa's many attributes such as living on a diet of nettles til his skin turned green the best is that instead of preaching he sang thousands of beautiful heartful songs the very tones of which changed reality A deep spiritual read before sleep for lovers of Tibetan Buddhist lore

  2. Red Red says:

    The first time that I read someting relating to Milarepa was in the novel The sea the sea by Iris Murdoch A bit curious I tried to find something but that was hard at that time Now that has changed and information can be found I think that the book gives a good impression of the life of Milarepa

  3. Matt Harris Matt Harris says:

    Mila was the original bad boy cast black magic spells for the hell of it generally nailed his karma as much as possible killed lied stole he did it allThe story of his moments of truth conversion to Buddhism and then subseuent roads to great master and inspirational teacher is very exciting full of surprise and even shot through with songs since he was able to spontaneously compose and sing poemsAnyone who thinks their karma is way too far gone to look at any religion should read this book You'll have an inspiration Thank you to Jacui who bought this for my 30th birthday

  4. Jamy Jamy says:

    You know how we sometimes slip into a deep and excited conversation so that you are saying gravity isn't real because Issac Newton also believed in alchemy and half the population of astrophysicists in the world who didn't make time to attend their mother's funeral will commit seppuku when they finally find definite proof that gravity isn't actually a fundamental force and your friend replies that that's straight out of a Rick and Morty episode but you ignore that to say Albert Einstein was wrong too because time isn't real either so that your friend rolls his eyes and asks as to what things are real and you answer that nothing is everything is human made and that it sure sounds like nihilism but it's totally true because Buddha himself taught one should uestion everything and come to one's own conclusion to which your friend shakes his head and gives you a look as if to regard you an utter disappointment to have thus far housed a human brain says you have got it all ass up and uestions as to the kind of books have you been reading lately but you also notice he is working himself up to that rabid mania in which he feverishly lectures you on religion and morality and there seldom seems to be escape so you uickly blurt out Do you know what this country needs? Black magic to which he excitedly answers Dude sod all bureaucrats That's exactly what we need How did you know? and then the talk devolves into how the two of you will learn black magic but agree that it will only be used for good so that the two of you will be worshipped as modern day gods with the entire planet in the palm of your hands No? Me neitherWell at least one thing's for certain I did read this thinking why not go to the big man himself for my foray into black magic which isn't exactly what he was going for when he narrated his life story but fortunately I finished this book to my utter disappointment I learned just the two words of incantation which has thus far failed to show any signs of black magic On the other hand my friend has contracted a cold so Anyways so much for my future as a young handsome up and coming talent in the black magic scene

  5. Craig Werner Craig Werner says:

    A translation of a biography of one of the great gurus of the Kargyupta strain of Buddhism The biography is presented in the voice of Milrepa's student Rechung so it's very much from the inside of the story something like the gospels in the New Testament though Rechung presents himself as eyewitness to the later years of Milrepa's life The two stars aren't for the material; Milrepa certainly has a place among the world's great religious figures The problems are two fold First the focus of the material is very much on the external events; in some ways it's chronicle than biography Those are interesting enough but there's very little concerning Milrepa's thought or deeper understanding of Buddhism He repeatedly exhorts relatives and people he encounters to embrace the path of asceticism and we're told that he's initiated into the inner meanings and mysteries but there's very little that's not common knowledge to anyone who's paid any attention at all to Buddhism Clearly to reveal the secrets would have been unthinkable for Rechung but it does tend to put the emphasis on the externalsSecond while Evans Entz an Oxford don who worked in the early 20th century is clearly motivated by a commitment to deep scholarship and profound respect for his subject his presentation of the translation is deeply embedded in western preconceptions He repeatedly draws analogies between Buddhism and Christianity which are at best strained and I distrust the vocabulary he uses in the translation; there are way too many points at which Buddhism is presented as a matter of faith and belief in ways that echo Christian theology A lesser problem is the type size on the footnotes where Evans Wentz presents much of the philosophical depth that's not present in the text itself At some point I uit reading them because I'm familiar with recent work that covers much of the same groundCertainly not a waste but I'd imagine there are better books on Milarepa available today

  6. Graham Graham says:

    The first six chapters of this book tells the macabre story of Milarepa's trials to gain initiation into Marpa's dharma teachings including the stone tower building episode in chapter five one of the most famous scenes in world religion literature The latter half is colored by his famous poems The last chapter could stand on its own as a single short work Tibetans often wrote better literature than philosophy here's some of the best it's literature it's not self help or philosophy or religion It's literature and it should be read as such This should be seen along its true peers Paradise Lost Crime and Punishment The Diven Comedy

  7. Lisa Lisa says:

    I've read this book already once and will doubtless read it again in a few years A wonderful glimpse not only into Milarepa's life but also into the mind of his amazing teacher Marpa It takes a certain kind of strength to be a good teacher and Marpa was perfect in the role of Milarepa's teacher Wonderful stuff

  8. John John says:

    Biography of the great Tibetan saint revered for traveling from the depths of anguish and sin to the heights of enlightened Buddhahood in one lifetime It wasn't easy though After vengefully murdering over 30 relatives and villagers Mila's repentance was many years of harsh discipline under the stern guidance of his gura Marpa the Translator Beatings humiliations and seemingly meaningless and endless work projects were the punishment Mila had to persevere through to purge himself of his evil karma Then years and years in solitary meditation in snowy mountain caves surviving only on shrubs and pine needles thus many paintings of Mila depict him with green skin Milarepa also taught by song and composed thousands of song poems some are uite beautiful but this translation seems to make them a bit stilted I hope to pilgrimage someday in Mila's old haunts the Tibetan Tsum Valley

  9. Malum Malum says:

    25 stars I went into this thinking it was a straight biography and was a little disappointed when people started throwing magic spells out like a horror movie Also if you were to cut out the long lists and repetitive bits this would be half as long and twice as readable Still if you are interested in the subject there is enough meat here to make it worth reading

  10. Shashidhar Shashidhar says:

    Very much Interested to read

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