Historical Who is Who


1043 - 1123


Widely revered within Tibet as a Buddhist saint. According to tradition as a young man he was unfairly denied his family inheritance following his father’s death and took violent revenge aided by magic against those responsible. Realising his own wrongdoing he sought counsel from a famous Buddhist teacher called Marpa who inducted him to a strictly ascetic life style and discipline. His life of meditation, which included walled-up isolation, attracted significant numbers of followers and became a model for individual imitation in future centuries – including individuals choosing to live as hermits in the Himalayas, warmed by songs of realisation passed on from Milarepa. Such forms of moral exemplarity are a challenge to the notion  that morality must necessarily be communal in expression 



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