Sunday, February 24, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Milarepa's Last Instructions

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

February 24, 2008

[Yesterday was the annual celebration of the life of Milarepa, a great Tibetan yogi saint.]


Before Milarepa died, he gave his final instructions to the assembled students. He said,
        "When I die...don't build statues or stupas in my memory. Instead, raise the banner of meditation. Reject all that increases ego-clinging or inner poison, even if it appears good. Practice all that benefits others, even if it appears bad. This is the true way of dharma. Since life is short and the time of death unknown, devote yourselves wholly to meditation. Act wisely and courageously according to your innate insight, even at the cost of your life. In short, act in a way that you will not be ashamed of."

From "Milarepa: A Warrior's Life" in THE COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, Volume Five, page 359.

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