March 15 / 7:00 AM - March 15 / 7:00 PM
Milarepa Day, Saturday, March 15, 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 is an all day guru yoga practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa Sadhana and reading the songs of the lineage fathers in The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning, known to us as the The Rain of Wisdom. These songs are the direct personal voices of the lineage holders, sharing their experiences of the path, practice, and realization.
The day's schedules starts with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and concludes at about 8:30 p.m. or a bit later. 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. It is not necessary to attend the full day. Come for as much time as you'd like.
Milarepa Day Schedule (changes may apply)
Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center
March 15, 2014
8:30-9:00 Light breakfast
9:00-9:30 Instructions and morning chants
9:50-11:00 Chant Glorious Flame of Wisdom (Milarepa Sadhana). Begin reading The Rain of Wisdom
11:00-11:15 Silent tea break
11:15-1:00 Continue The Rain of Wisdom
1:00-2:30 Lunch break
2:30-4:30 Continue The Rain of Wisdom
4:30-4:45 Silent tea break
4:45-5:50 Continue The Rain of Wisdom
5:50-6:00 Protector Chants
6:00-7:30 Dinner break
7:30 - Finish reading The Rain of Wisdom and Glorious Flame of Wisdom. Closing chants.
Please don’t forget your Rain of Wisdom.
Guidelines for Participation
1. If possible, it is preferred that participants come for the entire day, approximately 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. However, please come for whatever period of time you can.
2. Nice casual clothes which are comfortable for sitting are appropriate dress.
3. Once the practice has begun, a mandala is established in the shrine hall. It is best if participants are able to open the Glorious Flame of Wisdom mandala in the morning, and close it in the evening by chanting the Milarepa sadhana during the group practice. If this is not possible, it is acceptable for participants to enter and leave the shrine hall without having opened or closed the mandala.
4. When getting up to leave and when re-entering the shrine hall, practitioners should recite the Vajrasattva mantra to themselves. Those who do not know the hundred syllable mantra can recite the short form, OM VAJRASATTVA HUM. This procedure applies until the end of the day.
5. Breaks are scheduled about every 11/2 hours. During breaks, one can leave the shrine hall to use the bathroom and get a cup of tea; tea can be brought into the shrine hall. During breaks, functional silence is observed.