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Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa

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Tibetans accord The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa a classic status comparable to that of the Mahabharata and the Bible, and revere its author as probably the best single exemplar of the religious life. Milarepa was an eleventh-century Buddhist poet and saint, a cotton-clad yogi who avoided the scholarly institutions of his time and wandered from village to village, teaching enlightenment and the path to Buddhahood through his spontaneously composed songs. Wherever he went, crowds of people gathered to hear ...

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Overview

Tibetans accord The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa a classic status comparable to that of the Mahabharata and the Bible, and revere its author as probably the best single exemplar of the religious life. Milarepa was an eleventh-century Buddhist poet and saint, a cotton-clad yogi who avoided the scholarly institutions of his time and wandered from village to village, teaching enlightenment and the path to Buddhahood through his spontaneously composed songs. Wherever he went, crowds of people gathered to hear his sweet sounding voice "singing the Dharma."

The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, says the book's translator, "has been read as the biography of a saint, a guide book for devotions, a manual of Buddhist yoga, a volume of songs and poems, and even a collection of Tibetan folklore, and fairy tales." With titles like "The Salvation of the Dead," "A Woman's Role in the Dharma," and "Challenge from a Wise Demoness," Milrepa's poems are filled with fascinating tales of miraculous encounters and colorful imagery, and present a valuable insight into the living quality of Tibetan Buddhism. Central as this book is to Tibetan culture, the arcane dialect and obscurity of many original passages daunted translators for centuries; this was the first complete version of the classic to appear in the West.

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"Call it mystic superhero hagiography if you want, but the punch lines in The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa pack enough wattage to blow out the lights of the universe. . . . What a magnificent gift this book is! If there's justice at all in this precious home we call life, then may we all get to taste Milarepa's wild nettles and pure mountain water before we die."— Manoa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570624766
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 730
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 2.29 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
A Word from the Translator
1 The Tale of Red Rock Jewel Valley 1
2 The Journey to Lashi 11
3 The Song of the Snow Ranges 23
4 Challenge from a Wise Demoness 38
5 Milarepa in Ragma 58
6 Milarepa at Junpan Nanka Tsang 68
7 The Song of a Yogi's Joy 74
8 Milarepa and the Pigeon 88
9 The Gray Rock Vajra Enclosure 97
10 Milarepa's First Meeting with Rechungpa 106
11 Admonishment on the "Rare Opportunity of Practicing the Dharma" 114
12 The Shepherd's Search for Mind 119
13 The Song of Realization 131
14 A Woman's Role in the Dharma 136
15 The Song at the Inn 150
16 The Bandit-Disciple 157
17 The Meeting at Silver Spring 159
18 The Song of the Staff 190
19 The Twenty-one Exhortations 200
20 Milarepa's Meeting with Kar Chon Repa 202
21 Admonishment to Dharma Wonshu 207
22 The Miracle Contest on Di Se Snow Mountain 215
23 The Enlightenment of Rechungpa 225
24 The Conversion of a Dying Bonist 241
25 Challenge from a Clever Maiden 259
26 The Huntsman and the Deer 275
27 The Invitation from the King of Nepal 287
28 The Goddess Tserinma's Attack 296
29 The Conversion of the Goddess Tserinma 312
30 Guiding Instructions on the Bardo 333
31 Tserinma and the Mudra Practice 357
32 Admonishment to Repa Dorje Wonshu 362
33 Milarepa's Meeting with Dharma Bodhi 366
34 The Challenge from the Logicians 374
35 Rechungpa's Third Journey to India 397
36 The Realization of Megom Repa 403
37 Sahle Aui and Her Understanding 408
38 The Story of the Yak-Horn 421
39 Rechungpa's Repentence 442
40 The Song of "How to Gain Happiness and Avoid Suffering" 456
41 The Holy Gambopa - Milarepa's Foremost Disciple 463
42 The Conversion of the Scholar, Lodun 498
43 Song of the Eight Wondrous Joys 507
44 Milarepa Converts the Unbelievers Through Miracles 513
45 Various Short Tales 523
46 The Preaching on Mount Bonbo 541
47 The Miracle of the Vase Initiation 549
48 The Story of Shindormo and Lesebum 552
49 Milarepa and the Dying Sheep 563
50 The Beer-Drinking Song 570
51 Heartfelt Advice to Rechungpa 576
52 Rechungpa's Journey to Weu 584
53 The Meeting with Dhampa Sangje 606
54 The Salvation of the Dead 615
55 Fulfillment of the Dakini's Prophecy 624
56 Admonishments to Physician Tang Nge 630
57 Rechungpa's Departure 637
58 The Story of Drashi Tse 649
59 The Song of Good Companions 653
60 The Evidence of Accomplishment 658
61 The Miracles and the Last Admonishment 662
Colophon 674
"The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa" - Its Origin, Background, Function, and Translation 679
Glossary 692
Table of Tibetan Words 694
Index 703
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