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TIBETAN BUDDHIST ART

Pencil on paper

Original size: 25 x 34 cm

Jetsun Milarepa

Traditional Thangka Painting by

Thomas Yeshe Dalarud

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Detail of face of Milarepa

singing his songs

Jetsun Milarepa (1052-1135 a.d.), is one of the most famous yogis and poets of Tibet. His life and the way he lived it can be studied in his The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, (Tib; Mila Gurbum). Many of his teachings came in the form of enlightened inspired songs that can be read in the text. The Life Story of Milarepa, (Tib; Mila Namthar) is the name of a text that more fully covers his life-story.

His teacher was Marpa Lotsawa of Lhotrak and through his teachings and skillful guidance Milarepa was able to realize the full meaning of the precious transmissions that Marpa had brought to Tibet from India. Milarepa became the Heart-son that was capable of carrying on these precious teaching on Mahāmudrā to the next generation and finally transmit it all to Gampopa, the physician from Dhagpo, that became his Heart-son. From Gampopa the teachings of Milarepa’s lineage along with the teachings of the Kadampa lineage was transmitted to Düsum Khyenpa, the first Karmapa of the Karma Kagyupa lineage among other prominent practitioner of that time.

Another famous disciple of Milarepa was Rechung Dorje Drakpa, or Rechungpa, the founder of the Rechung Kagyu lineage.


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Detail of the lower parts,

sitting on a dear skin