February 24 / 8:30 AM - February 24 / 8:30 PM
Come for all or any part of the day.
YOU ARE WELCOME to join in the annual all-day reading of the beautiful songs of realization (dohas) of the Kagyu lineage.
According to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche:
Students are advised to read this book for instructions when their life is filled with disruption and uncertainty and neurosis. Even reading only one passage is better than going to a psychiatrist or taking a dose of aspirin. This is not a myth: from my personal experience these songs do provide a kind of staircase of liberation. They actually enable us to interrupt our perpetual subconscious gossip, awaken ourselves on the path, and energize ourselves so that we can help others.
One of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's major translation efforts was rendering into English the "songs of realization" of the greatest teachers of the Kagyu lineage. These were published as The Rain of Wisdom: The Vajra Songs of the Kagyu Gurus. On Milarepa Day, we read aloud the entire book, soaking our mind in the mind of the gurus who wrote these vajra songs for our encouragement.
Please remember to bring your copy of The Rain of Wisdom. For those who do not own this book, there will be a few additional copies available and, also, people are happy to share.
8:30 am - Gather and settle
9:00 am - Instructions, morning chants and sitting
9:50 am - Open the Sadhana of Milarepa and Session #1 - Begin reading The Rain of Wisdom
11:00 am - Tea Break (silent)
11:15 am, Session #2 - Continue reading
1:00-2:00 pm - Lunch at the center
(Please bring your lunch.)
2:00 pm, Session #3 - Continue reading
4:00 pm - Tea Break (silent)
4:15 pm - Session #4 - Continue reading
5:50-6:00 pm - Protector chants
6:00-7:00 pm – Dinner ($5.00 contribution or bring your dinner)
7:00 pm, Session #5 – Conclude reading of The Rain of Wisdom
Close Sadhana of Milarepa and closing chants
For questions, contact Marilyn Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.