March 30 / 9:00 AM - March 30 / 6:00 PM
Milarepa Day, Saturday, March 30, is our annual day-long celebration of the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa, one of the great Kagyu Lineage forefathers, who is famous for his profound songs of realization. The celebration consists of an all day reading aloud of the songs of the lineage fathers in The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning, known to us as The Rain of Wisdom. This collection was first compiled by Mikyö Dorje, the eighth Karmapa.
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.
The day's schedule begins at 9:00 AM and runs until about 6:00 PM, with a lunch break at noon. Everyone is encouraged to participate wholeheartedly in this inspiring celebration of awakened mind passed down to us directly from Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, and the rest, in the unbroken transmission from teacher to disciple, right to the present day. It's always a powerful day, and a lot of fun. There is no charge.