~ MILAREPA DAY ~ Vajra Songs of the Kagyu Gurus ~ All-day Chanting Practice

March 4th

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  • $5.00 Suggested donation
Room: Main Shrineroom

Milarepa Day celebrates the life example and enlightenment of Milarepa, Tibet’s greatest saint. The celebration involves a full day of practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa Sadhana and reading the songs of realization of the masters of the Kagyü lineage The Rain of Wisdom (TibKagyü Gurtso). Chanting these songs of realization, called dohaswe connect with the profound and immeasurable inspiration, hard work, and devotion of the Kagyü lineage teachers--thus bringing this energy into our own lives and community.   

With the guidance of a teacher, Milarepa set out to seek spiritual enlightenment to purify his bad karma. Eventually, his wisdom attracted many disciples and he became a great teacher and poet.

The Milarepa story depicts the humble beginnings of the man who was to become Tibet's greatest saint in the Kagyü Lineage. Many of his poems of realization, called dohas, are included in The Rain of Wisdom. These dohas are the personal voices of the lineage holders, sharing their experiences of the path, practice, and realization. In chanting them, we attune our minds to theirs, invoking the inspiration of their sanity and devotion.

Please join us for the entire day of this rousing and inspiring practice (or whatever portion you are able).

9:00 am – (approximately) 9:00 pm, with breaks for meals and tea.   

If you cannot be present for the entire day, participants should plan on joining for an entire practice session (approximately 9-12:00, 1:00-4:00, 4:00-6:00, 7-9:00pm).