The Hundred Thousand Songs: Selections from Milarepa Poet—Saint of Tibet
Milarepa, Antoinnette K. Gordon
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Tibet, remote and inaccessible, is less known to the western world for its literary than its artistic contributions to Oriental culture. Nevertheless, it has produced a literature of enduring beauty and significance, the supreme achievement of which is the poetry of Milarepa, its greatest poet and saint. This book indicates in its poetic exaggeration that, to the Tibetans, his poetry contains all earthly and celestial wisdom. It is from this masterpiece that the selections for the present volume have been made—songs in which Milarepa describes his life in the solitude of mountain glaciers, his yogic attainments in self-discipline, his encounters with demons who try to obstruct his meditations, and his arrival at enlightenment and spiritual freedom. Presented here in skillful translation—in a volume decorated with original Tibetan woodcuts and motifs from Tibetan art—these poems shiningly reflect the genius of Tibet's "Old Man, Storehouse of Songs."
Revered One, cannot be as able and wise as you are. We, the foolish ones, want to try whether we can learn a little of the Path. Revered One, you come to our place, to the living ones, explain the doctrine, and give us the opportunity of making offerings to you. As to the dead ones, save them for the higher Path. Therefore, please remain here always." The Revered One said: "I go to La Phyi to practice meditation at the command of my Guru. I can remain here temporarily, but as for remaining
demoness. There never was more truth than these words. In formerly roving about the kingdoms, I have not ever heard a more well-sounding song than this. Even if a hundred wise men will assemble, Anything superior to this sense is not possible. Demoness, a remarkable saying arose in your mouth. The golden heap of your good explanations Strikes at the essence of the mind of me, the man. The clinging to existence, of holding to reality, was dispelled. The black darkness of ignorance was cleansed.
in the Holy City of Lhasa. Many of the larger monasteries in Tibet have their own printing establishments. The famous ones are those at Lhasa, Narthang, Derge, and Coni. Buddhist terminology often makes these manuscripts very difficult to render into English. Since the poems are primarily of a religious nature aimed at teaching Buddhist concepts, we have tried to remain as faithful as possible to their message. However, we have tried to give explanations of the important esoteric concepts in a
line 3, to 33B, line 1) The Stallion (from the N am rTar): Folios 97A and B) The Four Parables-Milarepa and His 91 93 94 96 Woman Disciple (Folios 58A, line 6, to 64A, line 3) 98 Song of the Three Teachings (Folio 32A, line 4 to line 6) 102 The Six Regions of Transformation (Folios 29B, line 4, to 30B, line 3) 104 Appendix: An Example of the Translation Process Two Songs in Musical Transcription Notes Glossary Bibliography 10 CONT~NTS PREFACE Tibet, always known as the inaccessible, is
regard to the Tibetan religion. Briefly, it is a form of Buddhism which was brought into Tibet in the seventh century by the two wives of King Srong-san-Gampo. About a century later, Padmasambhava, a teacher from India, brought the Mahayana form of Buddhism into Tibet. It is known as Lamaism by Occidentals. Padmasambhava is worshipped as the founder of this orthodox sect, called rNin-ma-pa (the Old Ones) and more familiarly known as the Red Cap sect. Subsequently, other teachers added new