Milarepa, His Disciples, and the Yogic Tradition — April 13–15, 2018


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. In this weekend program, Christopher Stagg will discuss the relevance of Milarepa’s life through his narrative and songs. In particular, Chris will explore Milarepa’s encounters with male and female disciples as presented in The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa.


Christopher Stagg is a Tibetan translator and interpreter for Nalandabodhi and the Nitartha Institute who has studied at Vajra Vidya Institute in Varanasi, India, and at Namo Buddha in Nepal. He recently translated The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (Shambhala, 2018) under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. He sings the songs of Milarepa and has degrees in voice performance and music education.

There will be a book signing after the Friday night talk, so please bring your copy of The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa if you have one, or you can purchase in the Nalanda Store.

And we will definitely sing Milarepa songs, so Nalandabodhi members don’t forget to bring your song books.


Friday, April 13, 2018
program 7:00–8:30 pm, book signing 8:30+ pm

Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Sunday, April 15, 2018
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Cost & Registration

Full weekend:
$108 for Nalandabodhi members, seniors and students
$125 for non-members.

Friday evening only, program and book signing:

Please click here to register for this program on the Nalanda West website.

Taking the ocean as an example,
Meditate completely free of change.
To be an appropriate vessel for the instructions,
Make faith stable within the all-base.
Looking inwardly at your own mind,
Meditate without any labels or terms.
To make appearances dawn as your texts,
Make your very own mind what you study.
Procure the provisions of inexhaustible generosity.
Beautify yourself with the ornament of discipline.
Shake off and wear the animal hide of patience.
Ride the magical horse of diligence.
Seek out the noble city of meditation.
Become wealthy with the riches of prajna.
Not forgetting the kindness of the guru.

— from The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (pages 439, 440)

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