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 Rangthön 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.

Mila­re­pa lived many years of his life in com­ple­te seclu­si­on. He nou­ris­hed hims­elf in the simp­lest pos­si­ble way, prac­ticing medi­ta­ti­on and various tan­tric yoga tech­ni­ques to final­ly rea­li­ze the Maha­mu­dra (Gre­at Seal / Sym­bol). From then on he began to teach and taught disci­p­les. He is famous for his hund­reds of thousands of songs, in which he exp­lai­ned his life and tan­tric tea­chings in ver­se. He is said to have heard it, as an expres­si­on of its rea­li­za­ti­on, immer­sed and then recor­ded ver­ba­tim. Milarepa’s most famous stu­dents were Gam­po­pa and Rechung­pa.

Accord­ing to the Tibe­tan Bud­dhist legend, Mila­re­pa resi­des in Akshobhya’s Pure Land Abhi­ra­ti, whe­re he attai­ned full Bud­dhahood

Book Recom­men­da­ti­on:
When we open our­sel­ves to the sub­t­le levels of the body and mind, some­ti­mes the­re can be simp­le solu­ti­ons to com­pli­ca­ted pro­blems, and the see­min­gly impos­si­ble can beco­me pos­si­ble. But a simp­le wish is usual­ly not enough. It’s not about an ego trip eit­her. Gre­at exter­nal distress and com­pas­si­on can some­ti­mes open doors to new dimen­si­ons that have hither­to been hid­den from us, can inspi­re us and others, unleash unsu­spec­ted powers and know­ledge, can show ways of dealing with ben­evo­lence. Even the encoun­ter with enligh­te­ned masters, no mat­ter how brief and insi­gni­fi­cant they may appe­ar, can hither­to con­ce­al hid­den sides in us and con­vey know­ledge, can help us to cross bor­ders. In Tibe­tan Bud­dhism the way to enligh­ten­ment is taught syste­ma­ti­cal­ly, our mind is ope­ned bit by bit. And again and again the­re are cri­ses on the way, even with gre­at masters. This book descri­bes facets of expe­ri­en­ces that can tran­s­cend and expand our ever­y­day con­scious­ness. Once we have unlocked the full poten­ti­al of our mind, we can under­stand why enligh­te­ned Masters say, “The mul­ti­ple mani­fe­sta­ti­ons are like a magi­cal illu­si­on and a rain­bow.”

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