Drinking the Mountain Stream: Songs of Tibet's Beloved by Jetsun Milarepa, Lama Kunga Rinpoche, Brian Cutillo

By Jetsun Milarepa, Lama Kunga Rinpoche, Brian Cutillo

Milarepa, Tibet's well known and cherished saint, wandered the terrain of eleventh-century Tibet, guiding numerous fans alongside the Buddhist direction. Milarepa's songs and poems are daring and encouraging, his language direct and quick. Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Brian Cutillo render a loyal translation of this infrequent collection.

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It is not improved by realization, nor impaired by illusion. Because that is the basic condition (of things), the basis is mahamudra. Second, mahamudra as path means the possibility of practice on the strength of that basis. When focusing, focus without objective. When stabilizing, be stabilized without distraction. When shifting, shift without grasping. When manifestations occur, experience them as reality. When a liberation occurs, allow it to occur naturally. Third, mahamudra as result means the freedom from anything that is liberated and any agent ofliberation, from hope and 1NTRODUCT10N from fear.

Now then, you patrons gathered here, I'll give brief answer to your questions. My birthplace was the town of Kyanga Tsa On Gungthang plain ofNgari Valley. My father was Mila Sherab Gyentsen And mother Nyangtsha Kargyen. My own given name was Thopa Ga, And my sister's Peta Gonkyit. While I was young my father died, And bereft of wealth by evil relations DJUNKlNO THE MOlJNTAlN STREAM We three were forced to work as servants. Wearing clothing tattered as fishnet And fed like dogs, we slaved like mules.

It also involves the suppression of mental discursiveness or thought-flow instigated by the habitual, compulsive tendency to identify and name the objects of experience. To achieve correct concentration, the yogi must develop the antidotes: recollective awareness, which serves to hold attention to the object by "remembering" the situation and instructions for concentration, and critical awareness, which assesses the mental situation at any moment and determines how it might be going astray. Quiescence involves suppression of thought-flow by concentration, while the complementary process, analytic insight, involves penetration of the thought process through the exercise of intellect while in a state of concentrative quiescence.

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