Milarepa Day

February 17th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    This day celebrates the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa. The celebration is an all day guru yoga practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa sadhana and reading the songs of the lineage fathers in The Rain of Wisdom (Tib: Kagyü Gurtso).

    The actual title of The Rain of Wisdom is The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning; the subtitle is Bringing the Rain of Wisdom, the Spontaneous Self-Liberation, the Blazing Great Bliss, theQuick Path to Realization of the Supreme Siddhi, the Vajra Songs of the Kagyü Gurus. These songs are the direct personal voices of the lineage holders, sharing their experiences of the path, practice, and realization. In chanting them, we attune our minds to theirs, invoking the inspiration of their sanity and devotion. This collection was first compiled by Mikyö Dorje, the eighth Karmapa and has been added to and expanded over the years with new songs from each successive generation of masters and students.

    Everybody is welcome. If you own a copy of the Rain of Wisdom, please bring it along to share. Protocol is for people to enter or leave only during the 10 minute breaks. Sadhakas should bring their practice instruments for the Milarepa sadhana sections and protector chants.

    Once the practice has begun, a mandala is established in the shrine hall. Participants should enter or leave the hall only at break periods, not during chanting. It is best if participants are able to open the Glorious Flame of Wisdom mandala in the morning, and close it in the evening by chanting the Milarepa sadhana during the group practice. If this is not possible, it is acceptable for participants to enter and leave the shrine hall (during breaks) without having opened or closed the mandala.


    8.30 a.m.Setup
    9.00 a.m.Practice instruction and morning chants
    9.30 a.m.Milarepa Sadhana, start reading the Rain of Wisdom
    11.20 a.m.Break
    11.30 a.m.Continue reading the Rain of Wisdom
    1.00 p.m.Lunch
    2.00 p.m.Continue reading the Rain of Wisdom
    3.30 p.m.Break
    3.40 p.m.

    Continue reading the Rain of Wisdom

    Protector Chants

    5.20 p.m.Break
    5.30 p.m.Continue reading the Rain of Wisdom
    6:30 pmDinner
    7:30 pm

    Continue reading the Rain of Wisdom

    Milarepa Sadhana

    Closing chants