• 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
  • By: Tsangnyön Heruka
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Religious
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (196 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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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

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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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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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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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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Om Ah Hung

This audiobook is very inspiring and easy to understand. Highly recommended to any Dharma practitioner!

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This will help you progress

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Worth it 100%

Muy buena narración. La historia muy valiosa. Profunda y conmovedora. Vale la pena adquirir el audio libro

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Fantastic Book, translation and narration!!!!!

This translation and narration of “The life of Milarepa” is truly nothing but absolutely amazing. The story is unlike any other and is just as interesting and captivating (if not more) than the book “The life of the Buddha”. Hand in hand these are my two favorites of all Buddhist literature I’ve ever come across. Superb narration and pronunciation of all the difficult names of disciples etc. almost as if it was the narrator’s native tongue. This audio version of the book is read out loud with great passion at times and with a more nuanced and subtle tone at other times carrying the reader along the many life events of Milarepa in such an interesting way making the already fascinating story more interesting than it already is. I strongly recommend this book to anyone meditating on a daily basis as it inspires one on such a deep level to continue ones practice with ever more determination. I’m so grateful to have read this audiobook and to all who’ve helped make this translation available to the public. Thank you so much!!!

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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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  • 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.

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  • Anna
  • 02-03-21

inspiring

Inspiring true story of redemption transitioning from hatred, anger and revenge to renunciation, compassion and a crystal clear view of mind and love.