Je meaning Lord and Tsun meaning purity discipline. One of the number one biographies of Tibetan master is the biography of Jetsun Milarepa. Jetsun Milarepa is one of the Tibetan Yogi enlightened in one lifetime. Gungtang village is located around km from Saga, approximately km from Old Tingri, and about km from Kyirong town. His Fathers was a great businessman named Mila Sherap Gyaltsen.

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While his aunt and uncle were having a party to celebrate the impending marriage of their son, he took his revenge by summoning a giant scorpion to demolish their house, killing 35 people, although the aunt and uncle were supposed to have survived.

The villagers were angry and set off to look for Milarepa, but his mother got word to him and he sent a hailstorm to destroy their crops. Milarepa later lamented his evil ways and knowing that revenge was wrong, Milarepa set out to find a lama. He was led to Marpa the translator. Marpa proved an extremely hard task master.

Before Marpa would teach Milarepa he had him build and then demolish three towers in turn. She forged a letter of introduction to another teacher, Lama Ngogdun Chudor, under whose tutelage he began to practice meditation. Milarepa returned to Marpa, and after practicing very diligently for twelve years, Milarepa attained enlightenment. He is said to be the first to achieve this state within one lifetime. Here, he subsisted on nettle tea, leading his skin to turn green, hence the greenish color he is often depicted as having in paintings.

The essence of Milarepa lies in his writings rather than the legends that have grown up around him. The writings, often referred to as the Songs of Milarepa, are canonical Mahayana Buddhist texts and in particular emphasize the temporary nature of the physical body and the need for non-attachment.

Milarepa is famous for many of his songs and poems, in which he expresses the profundity of his realization of the Dharma with extraordinary clarity and beauty. He also had many male and female disciples including Rechung Dorje Drakpa and Gampopa.

It was Gampopa who became his spiritual successor who continued his lineage and became one of the main lineage masters in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.


Jetsun Milarepa

After Enlightenment, it becomes the Self-illuminating Wisdom — All merits and virtues spring from it. After Enlightenment, it becomes the two-in-one Body Of Buddha clear as the cloudless firmament! Thus rooted out are the base Samsaric clingings. In Absolute Truth there is no body. The malignant male and femal demons Who create myriad troubles and obstructions, Seem real before one has Enlightenment; But when one realizes their nature truly, They become Protectors of the Dharma, And by their help and freely-given assistance One attains to numerous accomplishments. Among all Vehicles, this ultimate teaching Is found only in the Tantras.


Jetsun Milarepa Biography


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