The Life of Milarepa

The Classic Biography of the Eleventh-Century Yogin and Poet – One of the Most Renowned Spiritual Figures in Tibetan Buddhist History
Narrated by: William Hope
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Life of Milarepa is one of the most beloved stories of the Tibetan people and a great literary example of the contemplative life. Jetsun Milarepa, the 11th-century Buddhist yogin and poet, started life as a black magician, gaining revenge for loss of heritage by casting terrible hailstorms and committing multiple murders.

Distraught with remorse, he sought to expiate his crimes and, with the fiercely compassionate help of his lama, Marpa, devoted himself to unremitting practice - meditation in caves, existing only on nettles and turning green as a result. And he gained liberation in one lifetime.

Milarepa’s remarkable story is told in this equally remarkable 15th-century biography, which is dramatic, humorous, moving and wise. Andrew Quintman’s new translation, vibrant and immediate, brings this great classic to life. Joyful, enriching and unexpectedly entertaining, it is a spiritual biography without compare.

©2010 Andrew Quintman (P)2015 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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Milarepa

A wonderful story of a very interesting follower of the Dharma.
Such a fascinating story of an ordinary man who becomes awakened and a treasured teacher of Buddhism.
I highly recommend it!

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Inspiring

Inspiring story for all specially the ones with an inkling to spiritual life, you might want to skip the intro though, it's over an hour and it's mostly talk about Milarepa's life which you're about to listen to anyway.

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Milarepa's life

So inspiring and instructive! Excellent reading I this is a story I will listen to again and again.

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To listen to again and again...

So many wonderful things I could say about this audio book. Deep gratitude. Thank you!

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The best version of the life if Milarepa to date!

Well told, engaging and enlightening. I loved it and will listen to it many times.

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For anyone interested in Tibetan buddhism

I've heard about Milarepa for years through lectures by Robert Thurman. Really interesting biography and lots of buddhist lessons.

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Inspiring!!

Hear this in detail !! One of the rarest to hear And meditate upon hte lifw of a famous yogi

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Easy & engaging listen

I have & will continue to listen over & over. Great narration & impactful story

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A Great life

A Heart of a renunciant that overcame many difficulties, we should all be that strong

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very inspiring and entertaining

i have heard this book over and over on audio because i find Jetsun Milarepa so inspiring, cheeky and his faith in the dharma, even after all his foul actions, seems unshakable and so pure which leads me to think a lot of the reason he attained the Great Liberation is much because of this. His devotion is just unlike most yogin's. Also it is an entertaining story, especially his relationship with his sister, Peeta

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  • 07-09-17

Amazing and Excellent

Well read with emotion and character. A Tibetan classic brought to life and in so doing made the reader /listener become part of the book. Highly recommended

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  • Mr. P. Skrzypczak
  • 07-23-18

Loved it!

Great story, great perfomance, enjoyed it very much. Also most interesting from a Buddhist practitioner’s perspective. I could not recommend it more!

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  • Dr K Williams
  • 07-19-20

Two nights in and still no story

The endless introduction is killing my desire to continue. Furthermore the gratiing ugly voice of the robot reader is injuring my brain. Was so much looking forward to tbis but it has become a test of endurance. Please provide the opportunity to select books read by human beings and filter out the robotic ones!

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  • Bina
  • 03-05-19

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the narrator did a very good job! .......He created the interest with his story telling skill and voice modulation.