Milarepa, fully Jetsun Milarepa

Milarepa, fully Jetsun Milarepa
c. 1052
c. 1135

Tibetan Poet Saint and Yogi

Author Quotes

The ignorant, blind both to evil and to virtue, they quickly waste their lives away.

Those 'great yogis' wrapped in stillness, have yet to purify their minds; Huge may be their claims and boasts.

To youthful maidens, love-songs sound sweet, but not prosaic sermons.

When old age descends on one, one's straight body becomes bent.

Without Dharma, young maidens are but decorated cows

The mind coming and going by itself, I have forgotten how to hide things.

Those who realize the nature of their mind knows that the mind itself is wisdom-awareness, And no longer make the mistake of searching for enlightenment from other sources. In fact, enlightenment cannot be found by searching. So contemplate your own mind. This is the highest meditation one can practice; this very mind is the perfect.

Too many vows lead to self-cheating.

When one comes to the essence of being, the shining wisdom of reality Illumines all like the cloudless sky.

Without sincerity and willingness, rich offerings have no real meaning.

The mind with the knowledge of liberation (vimutti) pours forth great beauty. The songs concern the Dharma which is common to the whole Buddhist tradition.

Though grief in the Ocean of Samsara Is preached, and its renunciation is urged, few people are really convinced and renounce it with determination. Though knowing that life will ever turn to death, few feel uneasy, or think that it will end. Though their life is blessed with good prospects, few can practice abstention?

Transgressors, like spoiled fat, ruin everything.

When the time of death arrives, the unlucky cannot make appeal.

Women who are pretty-looking like pictures on a wall, need the Dharma, or they have no use.

The non-distinguishing Wisdom of Dharmadhatu [three different aspects or descriptions of Enlightenment] is itself happy.

Though the rainbow is richly-colored, it will soon fade away.

True faith thrills forth from the heart's recesses. Conventional faith, on the other hand, is born of a sense of shame and obligation [aka deep conformism]. Do not mistake the one for the other.

When thoughts of companionship arise, enjoy self-existing wisdom as your companion.

Worldly affairs are all deceptive; so I seek the truth Divine. Excitements and distractions are illusions; so I meditate on the non-dual Truth. Companions and servants are deceptive; so I remain in solitude. Money and possessions are also deceptive; so if I have them, I give them away.

The Pathway is guarded.

To amass wealth and money invites enemies.

True guidance and misleading temptations appear alike, but do not mistake the one for the other [Pray to know the difference].

When thoughts of the guru arise, [see] him as inseparable from you, at the crown of your head. Meditate on him at the center of your heart.

Wrong deeds ought to be shunned.

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First Name
Milarepa, fully Jetsun Milarepa
Birth Date
c. 1052
Death Date
c. 1135
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Tibetan Poet Saint and Yogi