Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa by W.Y. Evans-Wentz




 

Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa

A Biography from the Tibetan

being the

Jetsün-Kahbum

or Biographical History of Jetsün-Milarepa,

according to the late Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup’s English
rendering

Edited with Introduction and Annotations by

W. Y. Evans-Wentz

M.A., D.LItr., B.SC.

Jesus College, Oxford

Second Edition

Oxford University Press

London, Oxford, New York

First published by Oxford University Press, London, 1928

Second edition, 1951

First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback,
1969


Printed in the United States of America

This reprint, 1980

ISBN: 0195003012


“I am Milarepa, great in fame,

The direct offspring of Memory and Wisdom;

Yet an old man am I, forlorn and naked.

From my lips springeth forth a little song,

For all Nature, at which I look,

Serveth me for a book.

The iron staff, that my hands hold,

Guideth me over the Ocean of Changing Life.

Master am I of Mind and Light;

And, in showing feats and miracles,

Depend not on earthly deities.”

—Milarepa, from the Gur-Bum

(after G. Sandberg’s Translation).

 

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

DESCRIPTION OF ILLUSTRATIONS

INTRODUCTION

I. The Importance of the Jetsün-Kahbum

II. Historical Value of the Narrative

III. Tibetan Schools of Buddhist Philosophy

IV. The Kargyütpa Apostolic Succession

V. The Modern Successors of Milarepa

VI. Kargyütpas Compared with Christian Gnostics

VII. Dissenting Sects

VIII. Genealogical Tree of Lamaist Sects

IX. The Defence of the Hermit Ideal

X. The Arhant Problem

XI. The Text and its Translation

XII. The Place of the Jetsün-Kahbum in the Literature
of Tibet


XIII. Milarepa as one of Humanity’s Heroes

RECHUNG’S TIBETAN INTRODUCTION .

PART I

THE PATH OF DARKNESS

CHAPTER I: THE LINEAGE AND BIRTH

Telling of Rechung’s Dreams, which led to the Writing
of this Biography; and of Milarepa’s Ancestry and Birth

CHAPTER II: THE TASTING OF SORROW

Telling of the Death and Last Will of Milarepa’s Father;
the Misappropriation of the Estate by the Paternal Uncle and Aunt; and
the Resulting Sorrows which Milarepa and his Mother and Sister endured

CHAPTER III: THE PRACTISING OF THE BLACK ART

Telling of Jetsün’s Guru and Mastery of the Black
Art; and of how Jetsün destroyed Thirty-Five of his Enemies and the
Rich Barley Harvest of the Others, by Magic

PART II

THE PATH OF LIGHT

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER IV: THE SEEKING OF THE HOLY DHARMA

Telling of how Jetsün departed from his Guru of
the Black Art; and of how Jetsün found his Guru of the True Doctrine,
Marpa the Translator

CHAPTER V: THE PROBATION AND PENANCE

Telling of how Jetsün Obeyed the Commands of his
Guru Marpa, thereby Suffering Strange Trials and Great Tribulations; and
of how, in Despondency, he Thrice Deserted Marpa and Sought another Guru,
and then returned to Marpa.

CHAPTER VI: THE INITIATION

Telling of the Completion of Jetsün’s Probation;
of Jetsün’s Initiation; and of Marpa’s Predictions concerning Jetsün.

CHAPTER VII: THE PERSONAL GUIDANCE BY THE GURU

Telling of the Fruits of Jetsün’s Meditation and
Study; of Marpa’s Last Journey to India; of Jetsün’s Prophetic Dream
and its Interpretation by Marpa; and of Marpa’s special charge to each
of his Four Chief Disciples.

CHAPTER VIII: THE PARTING FROM THE GURU

Telling of how Jetsün, led by a Dream, left his
Hermitage, and, going to his Guru, secured permission to visit Tsa, Jetsün’s
Birthplace; of the Guru’s Final Instructions and Admonitions; of the Sorrowful
Parting; and of how Jetsün reached Tsa.

CHAPTER IX: THE RENUNCIATION

Telling of the Disillusionment which Jetsün met
when he had reached his Home; and of his Vows to Live the Ascetic Life
and Practise Meditation in Solitude.

CHAPTER X: THE MEDITATION IN SOLITUDE

Telling of how Jetsün entered into Solitary Meditation
in the Mountain Solitudes; of the Outer Experiences, and of the Psycho-Physical
Results which Ensued; and of his Songs Recording each Event.

CHAPTER XI: THE HERMITAGES AND SERVICE RENDERED TO SENTIENT
BEINGS


Telling of Jetsün’s Disciples and Places of Meditation;
and of the Recorded Writings concerning Jetsün.

CHAPTER XII: THE NIRVANA

Telling of how Jetsün came to take Poisoned Curds
from Tsaphuwa’s Concubine; of the Last Assembly of Jetsün’s Followers,
and the Attendant Marvels; of Jetsün’s Discourse on Illness and Death;
of His Final Testamentary Teachings; of the Conversion of Tsaphuwa; of
the Last Will; of the Passing Away in Samadhi, and the Resultant Super-normal
Phenomena; of Rechung’s Late Arrival and Prayer to Jetsün, and the
Answer; of the Marvellous Events Connected with the Cremation and the Reliques;
of the Execution of Jetsün’s Last Will; and concerning his Disciples.

APPENDIX

COLOPHON

INDEX

315 pp.


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