New Milarepa

Milarepa statue, Pango Chorten, Gyantse, Tibet.

Milarepa statue, Pango Chorten, Gyantse, Tibet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

What’s new?

Since last time, a new class (the poetry one) has started. There’s a workshop coming up in July. I’ve been thinking about the possibility of longer retreats, if that could work somehow (at the Newbury location).

I’ve been working a little on reworking Milarepa’s songs. Here is some.

This lonely spot where my hut stands

is pleasing to the buddhas, a place where realized  beings live,

a refuge where I live alone.

Above Red Rock Jewel Valley

white clouds glide by.

Below the Tsang river gently flows.

Vultures soar between the two.

Bees are humming among flowers,

intoxicated by their fragrance.

In the trees,  birds play,

filling the air with their song.

In Red Rock Jewel Valley

young sparrows learn to fly,

monkeys enjoy leaping and swinging,

and other animals running and racing.

I practice relative and ultimate bodhicitta and love to meditate.

All you local demons, ghosts, and gods,

my friends,

drink the nectar of kindness and compassion,

and then go home.

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About jakekarlins

Aspiring writer and artist, dharma practitioner, yogi.

Posted on June 15, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Did you translate these, or…? Lovely!

  2. Thanks Helen. No, not translating, I don’t know Tibetan. I’m reading the Garma Chang translation, and rewording it. I’m actually surprised that a newer version of Milarepa’s songs hasn’t come out yet. It’s such widely respected material, and the old translation is good, but a little archaic sounding.

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