Milarepa was born in western Tibet in the province of Gungthang. According to tradition, his father died when he was seven, and Milarepa and his mother came under the care of evil-minded relatives. There they were treated so badly that his mother sent him to learn the art of magic location, and then to take revenge on them. By “black magic” Milarepa first caused the death of many people, but finally regretted it and went in search of a master who could instruct him in the teachings of the Buddha, especially in tantric practice.
He first met the Dzogchen master RangthÃ¶n Lhaga, but he was sent to the translator Marpa because they lacked the necessary karmic connection from earlier lifetimes. He became a pupil of Marpa for years. With him, however, he first had to endure a hardship-time. Marpa let him “work” his accumulated bad karma through hard work. Only then did Marpa give him the special tantric teachings he himself had received from Naropa and other masters.
According to the Tibetan Buddhist legend, Milarepa resides in Akshobhya’s Pure Land Abhirati, where he attained full Buddhahood