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Life of Marpa

Life of Marpa - coverThe Life of Marpa the Translator
- Seeing Accomplishes All
— by Tsang Nyon Heruka

The amazing life of the renowned lay adept - disciple of Naropa and teacher of Milarepa - who founded Tibet's Kagyu tradition.

Marpa the Translator, the eleventh-century farmer, scholar, and teacher, is one of the most renowned saints in Tibetan Buddhist history. In the West, Marpa is best known through his teacher, the Indian yogin - Naropa, and through his closest disciple - Milarepa.

This lucid and moving translation of a text composed by the author of The Life of Milarepa  and The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa  documents the fascinating life of Marpa, who, unlike many other Tibetan masters, was a layman, a skillful businessman who raised a family while training his disciples.

MarpaAs a youth, Marpa was inspired to travel to India to study the Buddhist teachings, for at that time in Tibet, Buddhism has waned considerably through ruthless suppression by an evil king. The author paints a vivid picture of Marpa's three journeys to India: precarious mountain passes, desolate plains teeming with bandits, greedy customs-tax collectors.

Marpa endured many hardships, but nothing to compare with the trials 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 Kagyu, which continues to this day.

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