Program Details

Milarepa Day


March 15 / 8:30 AM - March 15 / 7:00 PM

During this annual commemoration of the life and enlightenment of Milarepa, we chant the songs and stories of realization of our Kagyü lineage forefathers, which are collected in the text, The Rain of Wisdom. These songs were composed spontaneously out of the spiritual understanding of many great Kagyü teachers, including Milarepa. They express deep insight and heartfelt devotion, and their beauty and intensity have made them famous in Tibetan literature. You can come and go during the day.*

A few Center copies of the text are available for use. If you have a copy of this text, please bring it, or consider loaning it to us if you cannot attend, because we only have a few copies.

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8:30 – 9:00



 Tea and coffee



9:00 – 10:00



 Opening Chants, Milarepa Sadhana



10:00 - 10:45



 Rain of Wisdom Reading



10:45 – 11:00



 Break



11:00 – 12:30



 Rain of Wisdom Reading



12:30 – 1:30



 Lunch Break



1:30 – 3:30



 Rain of Wisdom Reading



3:30 – 3:45



 Break



3:45 – 5:30



 Rain of Wisdom Reading



5:30 – 6:00



 Protector and Closing Chants, Milarepa Sadhana conclusion



6:00 – 7:00



 Toasts and Celebration



We will conclude with a celebratory reception starting at 6:00pm. Everybody is welcome to join as a group for dinner out afterwards.


* Note: The atmosphere is one of functional talking throughout the day. A mandala will be established in the shrine room. Participants should enter and leave the shrine only during the scheduled break periods, not during chanting (whenever possible). At end of sessions, and as you enter or leave the shrine room, you should recite the Vajrasattva mantra, full version or simply only OM Vajrasattva HUM.


To volunteer for a position as reader or umdze, please contact Antonio Aguilar at practiceandstudy@dcshambhala.org


"Needless to say, these songs should be regarded as the best of the butter which has been churned from the ocean of milk of the Buddha’s teachings. Reading these songs, or even glancing at a paragraph of this literature always brings timely messages of how to conduct oneself, how to discipline oneself, and how to reach accomplishment".
--Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche (from the Foreword of The Rain of Wisdom)



Here’s what one long-time Shambhala member has to say about Milarepa Day:


For years this has been my favorite Shambhala holiday. In the past, whenever I could, I have attended the entire day’s reading and practice because it’s like receiving a day-long empowerment of wisdom! 


Here’s an example:

In general, all dharmas are mind.

The guru arises from mind.
The guru is nothing other than mind.
Everything that appears is the nature of mind.
This mind itself is primordially nonexistent.
In the natural state, unborn and innate,
There is nothing to abandon by discursive effort.
Rest at ease, naturally, without restriction.

(Excerpt from The Rain of Wisdom, “The Grand Songs of Lord Marpa”)

I have always been inspired when I’ve been able to attend Milarepa Day and have always been sad whenever I’ve had to miss it.
--Chris Montone



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