Event Dates: April 18 and 19, 9:30am to 12:30pm

The legendary endeavors and struggles of Milarepa have much to teach us as we find ourselves in new and likely more challenging conditions. We originally had two Milarepa retreats planned for April, both of which had to be cancelled. Our facilitator for those retreats, the beloved Kamalashila, is safe at home in London. We hope to have him back in 2021 or 2022. We have decided to proceed with an online Milarepa event.

Milarepa (1052-1135CE) remains one of the most fascinating and compelling Enlightened teachers in Buddhist history. In his radical story we see the struggles of us all to transform our darker tendencies into the momentum of Awakening. Milarepa’s example is a challenge to our safer sensibilites, yet reveals how one can progress from extraordinarily difficult beginnings to the full bliss of Enlightenment in this life.

Suddhayu and Sravaniya will lead two mornings dedicated to the inspiring life story and teachings of this great Tibetan yogi. By exploring two of Milarepa’s songs in depth, we will, in these challenging times, delve into these crucial questions: How can I meaningfully face up to my own mortality? What does it mean to transform my life, and what are the elements needed for transformation? How can I, like Milarepa, overcome difficulties to truly embody ‘the yogi’s joy’?

As source material we’ll be exploring two chapters from Christopher Stagg’s recent translation of “The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa,” “Mila Gathers Wood” and “The Story of the Yak Horn.” The book can be purchased online from various booksellers, though you do not need to purchase it to attend.

Each session will include meditation, reading and discussion. You may attend one or both, though there will be some continuity between the sessions. We will send you the Zoom link for both sessions upon registration. This event is by donation; we suggest $1 to $50 per session. Please give what you can – Aryaloka is currently getting by solely on donations as we are unable to hold in-person events and retreats at this time. If you’d prefer not to donate or register through Eventbrite, please email info@aryaloka.org to make arrangements. We hope to see you soon!

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Sravaniya and Dh Suddhayu
Times: April 18 and 19, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Venue: Online (Zoom)
Fee: Suggested Donation of $1 to $100
Level: Open to All
Directions:  Online Event

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.