March 15 / 12:00 AM - March 15 / 12:00 AM
During this day-long celebration of the life of Milarepa, we will read the entirety of The Rain of Wisdom, a collection of devotional songs and stories. The day begins at 7am and concludes at roughly 8:30pm.
This day celebrates the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa by chanting The Glorious Flame of Wisdom: The Guru Yoga and Feast Offering to Milarepa and reading the devotional songs of the Kagyu lineage fathers in The Rain of Wisdom. 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. This collection was first compiled by Mikyo Dorje, the eighth Karmapa and translated into English under the direction of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Once the practice has begun, a mandala has been established in the shrine room, and participants should enter and leave the shrine room only during the scheduled break periods, not during chanting. When leaving and re-entering the shrine room, 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.
If you have a copy of The Rain of Wisdom, please bring it with you!
If you plan to take meals at KCL, we request a $7 donation per meal and pre-registration.