Milarepa Day

February 18th

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    Milarepa Day is a celebration of the life and teachings of Milarepa and other realized masters of the Kagyü Buddhist tradition, one of the five lineages that the Sakyong has asked us to hold. On this occasion the Shambhala community comes together for an all day practice which includes the Milarepa sadhana and the chanting of the songs of realizations (dohas) from The Rain of Wisdom.

    Many generations of practitioners have found these songs inspiring as they are stories of how to turn adverse conditions into a support for our practice. At times hilarious, the stories are delightful to read and full of practical advice for the student of meditation then and now.

    We will serve the traditional Chai tea to keep our voices smooth.

    Participants are encouraged to come for the whole day, but it is possible to come for a part of the day.


    9:00-9:20 Morning Chants and Sitting

    9:20-9:35 Instructions

    9:35-11:00 Chant Glorious Flame of Wisdom, from page 1 to middle of page 17 then begin reading The Rain of Wisdom.

    11:00-11:15 Silent Tea Break

    11:15-1:15 Continue The Rain of Wisdom

    1:15-2:15 Lunch Break

    2:15-4:15 Continue The Rain of Wisdom

    4:15-4:30 Silent Tea Break

    4:30-6:20 Continue The Rain of Wisdom

    6:20-6:30 Protector Chants

    6:30-7:30 Dinner Break

    7:30 - Finish reading The Rain of Wisdom and The Glorious Flame of Wisdom; end by chanting the longevity and rebirth supplications, and Fulfilling the Aspirations.

    Please bring your copy of the Rain of Wisdom. It is easier on everyone if everybody has their own copy to read from. We have some copies in the bookstore, specially discounted for this event at $40.

    Please register for this program in advance by clicking on the "Click here to register" link below.Everybody is welcome and there is no charge, though donations to support the centre are welcome.