Program Details

Milarepa Day

March 15 / 9:00 AM - March 15 / 6:00 PM

Like Chogyam Trungpa, founder of The Shambhala Teachings, Milarepa was a great practitioner and a holder of the Kagyu Buddhist Lineage.  With the guidance of a teacher, Milarepa sought spiritual enlightenment to purify his bad karma.  His resulting wisdom attracted many disciples and he eventually became one of the greatest teachers of the Kagyü Lineage. He taught his students through songs of realization and many spiritual masters who came after him followed his example. 


This is an annual commemoration of the life and enlightenment of Milarepa.  During this celebration, we chant the songs and read aloud the stories of realization of our Kagyü forefathers, all collected in a book entitled The Rain of Wisdom.  These songs were composed spontaneously out of the deep spiritual understanding of many great Kagyü teachers, including Milarepa.  The songs express profound insight and heartfelt devotion, and their beauty and intensity have made them famous in Tibetan literature.


Please come and join us in this wonderful celebration of enlightenment!  This is a day-long practice but all-day attendance is not required; participants may attend a session or more.  No pre-requisites, no fee and copies of The Rain of Wisdom will be available for use.


9:00-9:30am Introduction, instructions and morning chants 

9:30-9:50 Sitting 

9:50-11:00: Milarepa Sadhana practice (all) and begin reading The Rain of Wisdom. 

11:00-11:15 Silent tea break 

11:15-1:00: Continue reading The Rain of Wisdom

1:00-2:00 Potluck lunch break 

2:00-4:15 Continue reading The Rain of Wisdom 

4:15-4:30 Silent tea break 

4:30-7:15 Complete The Rain of Wisdom, The Milarepa Sadhana and closing chants


Please contact Zoe Drake at or 859-537-7592 if you would enjoy being a reader for this wonderful practice (no experience required!).

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