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Two Stories from Songs of Milarepa, a theatrical presentation

 Two Stories from Songs of Milarepa, a theatrical presentation

Two Stories from Songs of Milarepa, a theatrical presentation

Jul 27, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Offering of the Pigeon Goddess Girl

Meeting Paldarbum

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.

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.

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.

Meeting Paldarbum

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.

Katiana Rangel

Katiana Rangel has a long performance history in Brazil. In NYC she created the performances Suspended and Iraci or What’s Underneath My Skin. She has an ongoing theater project with Jim Fletcher called Four Seasons derived from Sarah Kane’s play Blasted, and has also worked with Liza Birkenmeier, Tory Vazquez and the New York City Players, Anna Kohler and Caleb Hammond. She is a founding member of Les Ballets Nomades presented at the Festival Voices Transposed: The Refugee Crisis. She believes in art as a portal to realization of the indescribable, and the illusion of theater is as real as illusion of reality. Her life research has been how to create such works.

Lynne Conrad Marvet

Lynne Conrad Marvet is a visual and performing artist who takes delight in whimsy, playfulness and life’s mysteries and absurdities. She makes mixed media collages, masks, puppets, and assemblage sculptures. Lynne studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and is also a WA State TAT Lab (Teaching Artist Training) graduate. Lynne has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche for three decades and is one of the founding Directors of Nalanda West.

Lori Goldston

The Stranger Genius Award winner Lori Goldston is a master cellist who’s the only musician besides Kurt Cobain to play with both Nirvana and Earth. Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher from Seattle. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic, is full, textured, committed and original. A relentless inquirer, she wanders recklessly across borders that separate genre, discipline, time and geography.

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