Program Details

Milarepa Day

March 16 / 10:00 AM - March 16 / 3:00 PM

10:00 am to Noon, break for lunch and then return for a 1:30 to 3:30 final session.

Among Trungpa Rinpoche’s great translation efforts, was the rendering into English of the  “songs of realization” of the greatest teachers of our Kagyu lineage. These, he published, as The Rain of Wisdom: The Vajra Songs of the Kagyu Gurus. We read aloud from the book, annually, on Milarepa Day, keeping functional silence so that we can soak our minds in the minds of the masters. One gains from this, a connection to the personal experiences of practice, realization, and instruction of the great gurus, who wrote them for that purpose, for our encouragement.  They are pithy, profound, beautiful, and touching.

According to 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 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."

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