February 24 / 9:00 AM - February 24 / 9:00 PM
All-day practice and reading of The Rain of Wisdom. This is a community practice day, and all are invited. There is no charge.
Please bring your copy of The Rain of Wisdom if you have one.
Milarepa Day celebrates the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa. The celebration involves a full day of practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa sadhana and reading the songs of the lineage teachers in The Rain of Wisdom (Tib: Kagyü Gurtso).
With the guidance of a teacher, Milarepa set out to seek spiritual enlightenment to purify his bad karma. Eventually, his wisdom attracted many disciples and he became a great teacher and poet.
Milarepa depicts the humble beginnings of the man who was to become Tibet's greatest saint in the Kagyü Lineage. Many of his poems of realization, called dohas, are included in The Rain of Wisdom. These dohas are the 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.
MILAREPA DAY Schedule
If you cannot attend the entire day, please plan to attend a full session.
9:00-10:45 Session I: Morning Chants, Introduction & Opening the practice
10:45-11:00 Silent tea break
11:00-12:30 Session II: Continue reading The Rain of Wisdom
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
1:30-3:30 Session III: Continue reading The Rain of Wisdom
3:30-4:00 Silent tea break
4:00-6:00 Session IV: Continue reading The Rain of Wisdom, Protector chants
6:00-7:00 Dinner break
7:00 – 9:00 Session V: Finish reading and conclude the practice day