Milarepa Day

March 9th

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    EVERYONE IS WELCOME to join in the annual all-day reading of the beautiful songs of realization (dohas) of the Kagyu lineage, found in The Rain of Wisdom. The Rain of Wisdom contains both the dohas and the stories of the great meditators of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The songs we will read were composed by Tilopa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, the Karmapas, Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, Chogyam Trungpa, and other lineage holders. By reading their words aloud we simultaneously invoke their presence and learn from their example.

    There will be many copies of The Rain of Wisdom available and people are happy to share.

    Come for all or just part of the day.

    No charge. Donations welcome.

    These songs should not be regarded as ordinary poetry, as a purely literary endeavor. They are the insight of our forefathers, conceived, described, and proclaimed. The reason we refer to them as songs is because they are based on the melody of circumstance, and on meditative experience. They are cosmic onomatopoeia, the best expression of sanity.
    - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    Schedule:
    9:30 AM – opening chants and 15 minutes of meditation.
    9:50 AM -  Begin reading The Rain of Wisdom, p.1, then skipping to p.126 The Song of Tilopa,
    11:00- 11:15 AM – silent tea break
    11:15 AM – continue reading The Rain of Wisdom
    1:00-2:15 PM -  lunch  - Bring your own, or grab a quick meal nearby.
    2:15 PM – 5:00 - Continue reading to the end; closing chants

    Take your own tea break as needed.  We will have teas, nuts, and cookies.

    This program will be offered at the
    San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center
    6727 Flanders Drive, Suite 102, San Diego, 92121
    Just south of Mira Mesa Blvd. in Sorrento Mesa.