If you ignore power, you ignore powerful Buddhist teachings. Pema Khandro Rinpoche says that Buddhism teaches us how to be powerful and compassionate at the same time.
Tibetan translator Christopher Stagg died in a car accident on October 1, 2018. In tribute, we are republishing this excerpt from his recent translation of The Hundred Thousands Songs of Milarepa, which was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Buddhadharma.
Milarepa was a Tibetan master, yogi, and poet who led an inspiring life of spiritual progress and human accomplishment.
It’s when we lose the illusion of control—a “bardo” state where we are most vulnerable and exposed—that we can discover the creative potential of our lives.
Christine Skarda has been on retreat for the past twenty-five years. She offers advice on preparing for a successful Buddhist retreat.
When we are alone, says Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, we may begin a love affair with sadness.
Henry Miller integrated Buddhist thought into much of his life and work. That is, in his typically individualistic, proto-Beat way.
Karl Brunnhölzl reviews “The Yogin & The Madman” by Andrew Quintman, a new biography of Milarepa.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, all life and death take place in the gap, or bardo, between one state and another. While the most famous bardo is the one between death and rebirth, there are others that also shape our lives. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen presents a commentary on Milarepa’s song of realization “The Eight Bardos.”
Milarepa describes the happy life of the wandering yogi. Translated by Jim Scott, under the direction of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.