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Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa: A Biography from the Tibetan
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 1999
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This book is translated from the original Tibetan biography of Milarepa. It is easy to read, and contains some wonderful explanatory notes. These go a long way in clearing up some of the more difficult statements found in the book, especially for those unfamiliar with Tibetan Buddhism. All round a wonderful book, one which you can read time and time again and every time get more out of it. And don't forget, the story itself is also pretty good!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2003
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This is the second book in the Tibetan series from W.Y.Evans-Wentz. If you really want to begin at the start then you should first of all read - The Tibetan Book of the Dead by the same author. Milarepa is essentially the 800 year old story of Tibets greatist yogi told through the eyes of his students Jetsun and Rechung. The story is about a poor wicked boy who eventually turns into a wise old yogi to be held in the highest esteem. It is a wonderful story that can be read as a standalone book or as part of the series.
The most important aspect of this book is that it Milarepa, as a student of Buddhism, needs to practice and cover much of the topics that are explained in The Tibetan Book of the Dead. This is really what is at the heart of the book. So those of you who may want to learn more about The Tibetan Book of the Dead (and you should because it is one of the most important works ever obtained by occident man), can see it put into practice in the story of Milarepa.
There are many footnotes and references for you to read through. Again the story is a wonderful, uplifting one with lots of joy and sorrow to experience. You will certainly gain much metaphysical insight and the morals in this story when put into practice will certainly make you a better person. It is a wonderful journey and I have read the story many times and will read it many more. It really is that spiritually enlightening and certainly a very important text to be translated in English for the occident. This book is a treasure-house of spiritual information.
The other two works in the series are - Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines and The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation in that order.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 1999
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I have read few books, believing it to be more important to incorporate the ideas into daily living than be widely read. This book is one of those few. I always found it to be inspirational. Though Milarepa exhibits superhuman strength in his Sadhana, spiritual practice, it is nevertheless a lofty ideal to sustain spiritual aspirants. It is a truism, often neglected at great peril, that one is happiest when trying to live according to one's ideals. Ignoring the negative opinions and hidebound thoughts of the worldly environment one must forge ahead to manifest the ideals presented by the Great Yogis! It may be a terrific struggle, full of many setbacks, but Victory awaits those who never give up. For me Milarepa has been a beacon of a true example. may all who seek liberation from the dualities of this world find brotherhood with the Great Yogi Milarepa!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2010
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Beautiful book for the serious student of Buddhism and Tibet. Well referenced. Encouraging and enlightening. Milarepa is revered as an ordinary person who attained enlightenment in one lifetime, and spread beneficence to many others. When he was young, his family suffered grievous wrongs. He became a sorcerer at his mother's request in order to exact revenge on the evil-doers. He killed 35 people, after which he suffered tormenting remorse.He turned to Buddhism for relief of his suffering, and for the benefit of others. It is a redemption and enlightenment story of great importance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Being in India for a year now, I have read a lot of the books about yogis. Unfortunately most of them are too unrealistic, it seems that events are exaggerated in such a way that it becomes almost impossible to read.

But with this book it's a different story. The events seem realistic, you could really believe that they took place. Also human interactions, like conversations, for example, are realistic.

Milarepa is depicted as an ordinary human being at first and then, upon meeting a great misfortune, he is encouraged by his mother to learn the black magic. He becomes really proficient at it and destroys almost all his enemies with this black art.

When he comes to know about the karmic law he becomes afraid that he would be born in one of the lowest words and therefore suffer greatly. So he decides to dedicate his life to spirituality, so that he would be free from his accumulated evil karma.

After one good guru he meets his main guru Marpa the translator. Marpa pretends to be cruel to Milarepa, fully knowing that Milarepa will become his best student. Milarepa bears his guru's cruelty with great patience, but eventually he can't bear it anymore and finds another guru with Marpa's wife's help.

Milarepa tries to advance spiritually under the new guru but finds that he can't, because he did not receive the blessing of Marpa. So he has to return to his former guru.

Only then Marpa shows his compassion and grants him all the doctrines that would allow Milarepa to gain enlightenment. After many years of meditation in solitude, Milarepa finally achieves this state.

It's an amazing read that is very different from other books about yogis. There is less praise to the yogi and more factual information about his travels and experiences when he was meditating in solitary caves.

It's a book that is a must read for those who are interested in the yogic way of life and meditation, as well as spirituality in general. I found this book to be very interesting, realistic and inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2015
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There are not enough stars to give this precious volume. The story of Milarepa told so intimately it feels like you are with him through his turmoils and triumphs: The uncalled for injustice that befalls his early life. His victories that turn into bitter mistakes. The intolerable severity of his "crazy master" that allows him to overcome the whole of his fate. His extraordinary austerities that yield to him the serenity, bliss, and wisdom of great realization. The intimate and touching meetings with his great disciples. And his final exquisite and beautiful passing away into the rainbow.

One hundred and eight stars!
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on December 3, 2012
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It is a little hard to get into but when you finally reach Milarepa's story ..it is a most compeling story of spiritual growth toward Mastership.
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on August 15, 2012
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A good look at the struggles we all endure and how we canovercome our past errors and become enlightened in one lifetime with ard work and faith
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on September 19, 2011
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great book, easy and pleasant to read. It also gives a good idea of the bhudist subdivisions at that time.
it is Autobiography of a Yogia good oportunity to be in contact with such a great story that can inspire to be a stronger and more kind person, and try to learn something about humility, faith, courage, and what a strong will is capable of.
rafael
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2008
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This book was recommended by my spiritual coach. I found it easy to read, informative - previously I wasn't familiar with the story of Milarepa, and interesting. I recommend it for those who are studying the mysteries of the Far East, the great Yogi's, and Masters.
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