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The Life of Milarepa: A New Translation from the Tibetan (Compass) Paperback – February 1, 1992
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- Publisher : Penguin Books (February 1, 1992)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140193502
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140193503
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.11 x 0.6 x 7.72 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #434,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Milarepa's story offers excellent insights into life of a master and into reincarnation.
Of the master, he worked for his enlightenment. Years and years of effort were the entry price for instruction. Many schools and forms of spiritual study were attempted before he went off to solitary practice and eventual enlightenment.
Of reincarnation, new insights were a part of Milarepa's life and this book. How do we glimpse past lives? Through dreams where we live a life. Many dreams in one night or over years' of night offer understanding of prior existences.
For me the biggest insight came in an answer to the questions of why there is suffering in the world today and what have I done which merits this psychic owwiee I now feel. In the history of this cosmos and in the countless cosmoses there might have been, I could have been a really rotten person in many ways and over many lives. And it is for all those screwed guys that I have been recycled to do better this time out.
Good luck on the wheel. Easy riding, guys.
I have just completed my third reading of Lobsang Lhalungpa's translation of the Life of Milarepa. I consider it to be the book to accompany me on my life's journey and pilgrimage. Somehow, the book and I manage to reunite every few years, and I find another layer of meaning in its reading, always relevant to what is going on in my life at the time.
The beauty of Milarepa's life can perhaps best be described as a paradigm shift in Buddhist thinking. His life is revolutionary in that sense. For more than 1500 years, Buddhist thought was that a person's path to enlightenment was hopeless in their own lifetime, rather, the only worthy path to be followed over a vague, indeterminate period of "countless lifetimes."
Enter Milarepa. As a result of the heinous crimes committed in his youth on the one hand, and his spiritual sensibilities that allowed him to see precisely where the fruits of these acts would fall on the other, Milarepa became painfully aware of the need to achieve perfect and complete enlightenment, not in countless lifetimes, with the massive risk of spending many of them in hellish existences, but rather in this lifetime, in this body. The story of his life takes him to exactly that goal, and establishes the real possibility for any human to take that path.
Regarding the translation, Lhalungpa's introduction convinces me of his superlative expertise on the subject matter. The actual text reads well, not only capturing the story of Milarepa's life, but also immersing me in it as if I were actually there. No other translation has been able to take me to that place.
Highest recommendation. If I could only own one book, this would certainly be it.
Jetsun Mila's story is a classic tale of a boy pushed to murder by his vengeful mother who finds redemption and liberation through an arduous path of devotional yoga and relentless meditation.
I had read and enjoyed his poetry over ther years, and was familiar with the outline of his story. But, reading this biography puts flesh on the bones and is inspirational for Practitioners. For those interested in Tibetan culture, this is one of the classics.
May all beings be free from suffering.