Milarepa 2

“In Jowo Valley there is a temple with a stone seat.

Are you enthroned there, Marpa?

If you are, I’d be very joyful.

Although my devotion is limited, I long to see you.

Although my faith is limited, I want to see you.

The more I meditate the more I long for my guru.”


In this short excerpt, Milarepa is thinking about his teacher. He does feel some devotion, this is clear. He misses his teacher. He also takes himself to task for not feeling more devotion, more faith. In Tibetan Buddhism especially, devotion to a teacher is considered important and worthwhile, more than in some other schools. Listening to the VCTR talk last night, he mentioned that devotion could take many forms. That’s what I’ll end with. It’s really fascinating, especially for me (!) as someone struggling with what devotion means. Trungpa said that devotion could take many forms, including being frustrated (I think) or angry at your teacher. He was not suggesting that you should hate your teacher, but the point is, I think, that devotion is not a simple thing, and can’t be narrowed down neatly into one specific experience.


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