Loten Namling sings songs of Milarepa to His Holiness Karmapa

This is truly beautiful!

“Dear friends,

I was so fortunate to receive the blessings of HH the Karmapa in Delhi while on my to JOURNEY FOR FREEDOM. To honour Him as head of the KAGYU SCHOOL OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM I was privileged to sing for Him a song of Jetsun Mila Repa. Milarepa is one of the most widely known Tibetan Saints. In a superhuman effort, he rose above the miseries of his younger life and with the help of his Guru, Marpa the Translator, took to a solitary life of meditation until he had achieved the pinnacle of the enlightened state, never to be born again into the Samsara (whirlpool of life and death) of worldly existence. Out of compassion for humanity, he undertook the most rigid asceticism to reach the Buddhic state of enlightenment and to pass his accomplishments on to the rest of humanity. His spiritual lineage was passed along to his chief disciples, Gambopa and Rechung. It was Rechung who recorded in detail the incidents of Milarepa’s life for posterity. The narrative of his life has thus been passed down through almost a millennium of time and has become an integral part of Tibetan culture. In addition to Rechung’s narrative of his life, summarized below, Milarepa extemporaneously composed innumerable songs throughout his life relevant to the dramatic turns of events of himself and his disciples in accordance with an art form that was in practice at the time. These songs have been widely sung and studied in Tibet ever since and have been recorded as the Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa. His faithful devotion, boundless religious zeal, monumental forbearance, superhuman perseverance, and ultimate final attainment are a great inspiration today for all. His auspicious life illumined the Buddhist faith and brought the light of wisdom to sentient beings everywhere.

His Holiness the Karmapa is currently visiting Germany and spreading the profound teachings of Buddha Dharma in Europe for the first time. He is an amazing spiritual master as well as a great artist and a poet. I heard that He is also meeting artists and hope that western artist will benefit from this exceptional meeting. I met Him several times receiving His teachings illuminating the spirit of Art. His late teacher Kyab Je Bokar Rinpoche inspired me to sing the songs of Mila Repa and even gave me the empowerment to sing His Gurs. Karmapa Kheno!!!!!”

Loten Namling
2014-5-29

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