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Milarepa's Wisdom: A Commentary on the Teachings of Milarepa in 13 of his 100,000 Songs of Realization
By: Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Milarepa's Wisdom, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche


 
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Author: Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
Translator: Ken Holmes, Peter Alan Roberts, and David Karma Choephel
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781931571319
Publication Date: 2021

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Milarepa was Tibet's most famous saint who renounced dark magic and with Buddhist practice was able to become realized in one lifetime. Practicing in the high Himalayan mountains, wearing only a cotton robe, he taught the Dharma through beautiful, imagery-filled spiritual songs making them very accessible to the reader.

Milarepa's Wisdom's begins with a retelling of the stories of ten different songs which Milarepa gave to his human students and also to non-human beings. These stories contain a wide variety of profound realizations that illustrate Milarepa's intense devotion and insight on the path to enlightenment.

In the second section of the book, Rinpoche gives a thorough commentary on the Thirty Instructions that Milarepa received from his guru, Marpa, and then sang to his heart-son Gampopa. If we were to follow these instructions carefully and understand them as given in the Rinpoche's commentary, we would become an outstanding practitioner.

In the third section of Milarepa's Wisdom Rinpoche takes Milarepa's Song on the Middle Way to demonstrate that Milarapa was not just an unschooled yogi in the mountains, but that had a profound understanding of Buddhist philosophy. After all Milarepa studied for about a dozen years under Marpa who was an outstanding scholar and translator. In this song we he presents the Shentong view of emptiness many years before the Shentong view was recognized by Tibetan scholars.

This book is the third of a trilogy Thrangu Rinpoche has taught on the foundation and basic teachings of the Kagyu lineage. The other two are Tilopa's Wisdom and Naropa's Wisdom. (See links below.) The three together represent a thorough panorama of the teachings of the foundation of the Kagyu lineage.

Milarepa's Wisdom: A Commentary on the Teachings of Milarepa in 13 of his 100,000 Songs of Realization, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Namo Buddha Publications, Paperback, 273 pages, $19.95

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