The Life of Marpa

The Life of Marpa
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Summary: Marpa the Translator, the eleventh-century farmer, scholar, and teacher is one of the renowned saints in Tibetan Buddhist history. In the West, Marpa is best known through his teacher, the Indian Yogin Naropa , and through his closest discipline, Milarepa. This lucid and moving translation of a text composed by the author of The Life of Milarepa The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa documents the fascinating life of Marpa, who unlike many other Tibetan masters, was a layman, a skillful business who raised a family while training his disciples.
Detail: Marpa the Translator, the eleventh-century farmer, scholar, and teacher is one of the renowned saints in Tibetan Buddhist history. In the West, Marpa is best known through his teacher, the Indian Yogin Naropa , and through his closest discipline, Milarepa. This lucid and moving translation of a text composed by the author of The Life of Milarepa The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa documents the fascinating life of Marpa, who unlike many other Tibetan masters, was a layman, a skillful business who raised a family while training his disciples. As a youth, Marpa was inspired to travel to India to study the Buddhist teachings, for at that time in Tibet, Buddhism had waned considerably through ruthless suppression by an evil king. The author paints a vivid pictures of Marpa's three journeys to India. Precarious mountain passes, desolate plains teeming with bandits, greedy customs-tax colletions. Marpa endured many hardships, but nothing to compare with the trails that ensued with his guru Naropa and other teachers. Yet Marpa succeeded in mastering the tantric teachings, translating and bringing them to Tibet, and establishing the Practice Lineage of the Kagyus, which continues to this day.