Two Stories from Songs of Milarepa, a theatrical presentation
An encore performance of theatrical presentation of two stories from The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa by Tsangnyön Heruka, translation by Christopher Stagg. Performance by Katiana Rangel and Lynne Conrad Marvet, with special guest cellist Lori Goldston.
The Offering of the Pigeon Goddess Girl
In this story in the 8th chapter of The One Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, Milarepa is visited by eight goddesses who arrive in the form of pigeons to hide themselves “from people with negativity.” The goddesses perform magic that reveals their bodily forms, and request that Milarepa come to the divine world to teach them the dharma. Milarepa explains the fleeting pleasures of both the divine and material worlds, states his dedication to the realm of humans, and warns that trusting the dharma through suffering and confusion will be difficult. The goddesses offer Milarepa white rice, “the food of meditative concentration and siddhi,” and he offers instructions to remedy the state of samsara through mindfulness.
In the 14th chapter of The One Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa contains the teachings that Milarepa gave in response to the questions of Nyama Paldarbum. She asked Milarepa many questions, and the answers Milarepa gave her are profound and beneficial to our own practice.
There is no figure more revered by Tibetans than Milarepa, the great eleventh-century poet and saint. An ordinary man who, through sheer force of effort, faith, and perseverance, overcame nearly insurmountable obstacles on the spiritual path to achieve enlightenment in a single lifetime, he stands as an exemplar of what it is to lead a spiritual life.
Milarepa, a cotton-clad yogi, wandered and taught the dharma, most famously through spontaneously composed songs, a colorful and down-to-earth way to convey the immediacy and depth of the Buddhist teachings.
Although he lived over 1,000 years ago, his life example and the methods he employed on his path to awakening are still relevant to us today.
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