The Songs of Milarepa: A Community Reading

February 25th

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  • Offerings gratefully accepted

Having dwelt in the unaltered state of naturalness,

I forgot the ways of hypocrisy.

Having lived in humility in body and mind,

I forgot the disdain and arrogance of the great.

Having made a monastery within my body,

I forgot the monastery outside.

Having embraced the spirit rather than the letter,

I forgot how to play with words.

Milarepa, the deeply venerated eleventh century Tibetan yogi, lives on through the earthiness, emotional authenticity, and profound insight of his songs and poetry. In observance of Milarepa Day, the Atlanta Shambhala Center is hosting a community reading of selections from The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, a treasury of Milarepa’s dohas (songs of realization) and the circumstances that gave rise to them. We will also read several short passages from the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa about how Milarepa's life can inform our own practice.

Participants are welcome to join any portion of the reading, to read if they wish or simply listen if they prefer. The reading text, Christopher Stagg’s translation of The Hundred Thousand Songs, will be provided. The event is free and open to everyone. Offerings are gratefully accepted.

If you have questions, please contact Chris Wenger at [email protected]