Milarepa Day

February 18th

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  • $15 Members
  • $15 Non-members

This day celebrates the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa. The celebration is an all day guru yoga practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa sadhana and reading the songs of the lineage fathers in The Rain of Wisdom (Tib: Kagyü Gurtso).

The actual title of The Rain of Wisdom is The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning; the subtitle is Bringing the Rain of Wisdom, the Spontaneous Self-Liberation, the Blazing Great Bliss, the Quick Path to Realization of the Supreme Siddhi, the Vajra Songs of the Kagyü Gurus. These songs are the direct 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. This collection was first compiled by Mikyö Dorje, the eighth Karmapa.

We will open and close the day with the Milarepa Sadhana.  During the day we will chant the Rain of Wisdom text. If you have a copy, please bring it with you.  Teams of 2 (timekeeper and reader) will lead the chants as for 90 minutes at a time.  Please join us for the day, or drop in for 90-minute session.

Here is our proposed schedule. 

9:00-9:30am Instructions and morning chants
9:30-9:50 Sitting
9:50-11:00 Chant Glorious Flame of Wisdom, from page 1 to middle of page 17. Then begin reading The Rain of Wisdom.
11:00-11:15 Silent tea break
11:15-1:00 Continue The Rain of Wisdom

1:00-2:30 Lunch break

2:30-4:30 Continue The Rain of Wisdom
4:30-4:45 Silent tea break
4:45-5:50 Continue The Rain of Wisdom
5:50-6:00 Protector chants

6:00-7:30 Dinner break

7:30 – Finish reading The Rain of Wisdom and The Glorious Flame of Wisdom. End by chanting the longevity and rebirth supplications, and Fulfilling the Aspirations