• 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
  • Release date: 12-18-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dharma Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

Regular price: $22.70

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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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  • Yolanda
  • CIUDAD DE MEXICO
  • 11-12-18

Wonderful

It’s an inspiration to focus our live in an spiritual way, in order to improve our practice and to achieve real happiness.

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I loved the story of Milarepa!

It was my first time reading the life story of Milarepa, I found the book easy to understand and enjoying every moment of this story.
May all benefit from this book! 🙏

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Phenomenal

The most memorable moments of this text for me was the diet of nettles. I interpreted the diet of nettles as a metaphor for profound meditation. Meditation was the ultimate message I experienced throughout the story. And the story in and of itself was tragic and beautiful.

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Awful Pronunciation of a Saint's Name.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

That the audiobook narrator spoke the name of Milarepa correctly. It is Mi-la-rep-ah, not Mi-la-rape-ah. Absolutely, the most disrespectful way of pronouncing Saint Milarepa's name. Unacceptable, this recording ought to be trashed and made anew with the correct pronunciation of Saint Milarepa's name.

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  • SJRod
  • 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

A beautifully told life story of Tibet’s greatest Yogi

Inspiring especially for Varjayana practitioners. Great preformance of William Hope makes this not so easy to read story delightful to listen. Filled with Milarepa’s Songs of Realisation this book is an inspiring reference to daily practice of Vajrayana meditation. Helps to understand historical perspective of the transmission as well. Graceful listening indeed!

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