密勒日巴与马尔巴 Milarepa & Marpa

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Extract: 

Milarepa responded: “Thanks to the blessings of the Buddhas, the Bodhisattvas, my lama and his wife, I was able to attain a little bit of experience, a little bit of realization.

In this completely matured body, this physical form of mine, it is possible to reach Buddhahood.
This body is a boat that will take me across samsara to Buddhahood.
However, it’s also possible that I can use this very body to accumulate negative karma, and this will lead to rebirth in the hell realms.
There is a choice.

I can turn my mind towards positive activity and achieve Buddhahood in one lifetime or I can turn my mind toward negative activity and go to the hell realm.In order to cross over this fearsome ocean of samsara, the only protection is the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

I go to them for refuge.
Amongst these three, the most important is the lama.

It is through faith and samaya with the lama that protection comes.There are also the four thoughts that turn the mind:

the precious human rebirth,
impermanence,
karmic cause and effect,
and the imperfections of samsara.
Meditating upon these turns one’s mind away from samsara. 
Then one generates bodhicitta, the mind of awakening, practices and dedicates any virtue for the benefit of all sentient beings. 
In this way, one enters the Mahayana path.”

(Milarepa spoke further, but this is a brief summary of what he said.)

 

Within the Tibetan tradition,
after one receives an introduction to the nature of the mind or some instruction from a lama and practices it,
one offers to the lama one’s experience of realization.Whatever happened during the practice, exactly as it happened, without exaggerating or without forgetting anything, one relates only to the lama, not anyone else.

Marpa was extremely happy with Milarepa’s account:
“This is most excellent. You are truly a karmically connected, strong student. And in the future,”

Marpa said, “I will give you progressively all the oral instructions, and you must then give yourself fully to these practices.”

After celebrating Milarepa’s emergence from the retreat, Marpa gave him more instructions in private for his next meditation practice.

Not long into the next retreat, though, a blue dakini with golden hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes appeared to Milarepa in a dream .

She said to him, “Practicing the Six Yogas of Naropa is very good.
However, there is one teaching that has not been obtained.
It’s called ‘The Instantaneous Attainment of Enlightenment.’

It is a kind of powa practice enabling you to send your consciousness into another body after you die. You must go ask for this.”

Having given this advice, she disappeared.
Milarepa then broke down the wall of his cave and went to Marpa, who was astounded to see him. “Well, I just put you in retreat, what are you doing here? Why did you come out so quickly? Isn’t this an obstacle to your practice?”

Milarepa explained to him that a dakini had appeared to him and told him that this teaching of powa had not been received and that it should be asked for.

“Was this appearance real or not? Was it a hindrance or not? Please tell me,” he asked.Marpa replied, “This is a true prophesy from a dakini. When I was with Naropa, he did speak of this kind of powa practice, but I really don’t remember whether I have received the teachings or not.”

So they pulled out all the texts that Marpa had brought back from India, and spent days going through them looking for the teaching, but they could not find it.

So Marpa again undertook the arduous journey to India to meet Naropa.

Marpa did not find him in his usual place, as Naropa had become a realized siddha, and moved freely. After a long search, he found him, and together they went to Pullahari, north of Bodh Gaya, where Naropa had a place of retreat.

It was there that Marpa asked Naropa for the powa instructions.
Naropa asked: “Is this something coming from you yourself? Did you want to receive this, or is this something that a yidam deity told you to request?

And Marpa said, “No, it isn’t from me. I did not receive this from a yidam. It was my student Good News.”Naropa put his palms together and, bowing towards Tibet, he recited these famous four lines: 

“In the thick darkness of the north, like the sun glistening on the snow, there is one called Good News; it is to this one that I bow.”

It is said that at Pullahari, all the trees around the retreat hut of Naropa remain bowing towards Tibet.Naropa also gave Marpa many other teachings, including the Whispered Lineage of the Dakinis.

He prophesied that, in the future, the Dharma lineage of Marpa would be masters of this practice, and that his Dharma descendants would maintain his lineage and practice it well.

When Naropa had finished giving him these teachings, Marpa emerged from the hut, and once outside he bowed again to Naropa. (This was actually the last time he met him.)

As Marpa was making his bows, he left a footprint in the rock that is still visible.

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In the passages above, you can find lots of concepts or keys that were shared by GM Lu frequently.
Hahaha!
Treat it as an assignment and you can email Key-points that you have found and best to add your explanation showing your understanding of these Key-points!
 
I have helped you some by Underlining Texts.
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Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
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