By Andrew Quintman
One of the main cherished tales of the Tibetan humans and an outstanding literary instance of the contemplative life
The lifetime of Milarepa, a biography and a dramatic story from a tradition now in trouble, should be learn on numerous degrees. a private and relocating creation to Tibetan Buddhism, it's also a close consultant to the quest for liberation. It offers a quest for purification and buddhahood in one lifetime, tracing the trail of an exceptional sinner who turned a good saint. it's also a powerfully evocative narrative, filled with magic, miracles, suspense, and humor, whereas reflecting the spiritual and social lifetime of medieval Tibet.
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He answered. “Was it to gift the evil deeds you devoted that I went to India with no regard for my existence, that I provided gold with no drawback for my wealth, and thereby was once capable of request the oral teachings which are the residing breath of the ḍākinīs? you are saying you wish them—that has to be a shaggy dog story, and a feeble one at that. This makes me snicker! If I have been somebody else, i might kill you! Now repair the harvest of the Yamdrok humans and heal all the highlanders. if you happen to do this, I shall supply the oral directions. in a different way, don’t come see me back. ” hence he scolded me, approximately hurling blows. The lama’s spouse consoled me as I fell into deep melancholy and shed many tears. day after today, the lama got here and stated, “Last evening i used to be relatively tough on you, yet don't be disheartened. don't be impatient, for I supply the oral directions slowly. you're hardworking, so aid construct a tower for me to provide to my son Darma Dodé. if you are entire, i'll supply you the oral directions and likewise give you garments and provisions. ” “What will occur to me if I die earlier than then with no the dharma? ” I requested. “I will see to it that you just don't die ahead of then,” he answered. “I don't own dharma directions empty of promise. because you exhibit large perseverance, when you can meditate on my oral directions, you are going to exhibit even if you could turn into a buddha during this lifestyles. My lineage possesses a transmission of benefits in contrast to the other. ” After the lama gave this comforting recommendation, my brain used to be set relaxed. “In that case,” I stated, “please draw up plans for the tower. ” all of the lama’s paternal kin had sworn an oath fighting them from developing fortifications in strategic destinations. yet Marpa had now not taken the oath. So now he had the ability either for deceiving them approximately his purpose to build a tower there and for purifying my unfavourable deeds. status on an japanese spur of the mountain he stated, “Build a tower like so,” and that i begun development a around tower. whilst i used to be approximately midway complete, the lama got here and acknowledged, “I didn’t think about issues prior. Tear down this tower to its foundations and hold the earth and stones again to the areas you chanced on them. ” And so I did. Then, on a western spur of the mountain, the lama acted as though he have been under the influence of alcohol on beer and acknowledged, “Now, construct a tower like so,” and that i begun construction a semicircular tower. back, while i used to be approximately midway complete, the lama got here and acknowledged, “This will also no longer do. the following too, hold the earth and stones again to the locations you came upon them. ” And so I did. We then went to a northern spur of the mountain and the lama acknowledged, “My pricey nice Magician, the opposite day i used to be under the influence of alcohol and didn't provide right directions. Now, construct an exceptional tower the following. ” I spoke back, “Building towers after which tearing them down is not anything yet toil for me and a waste of your assets. Please contemplate this conscientiously. ” “This time, it's not that i am inebriated. i've got thought of the problem rigorously. it will be known as the ‘mantrika’s tower’ and will be triangular, so construct it in that form.