By Chogyam Trungpa, Nalanda Translation Committee
Marpa the Translator, the eleventh-century farmer, pupil, and instructor, is among the most famed saints in Tibetan Buddhist heritage. within the West, Marpa is better recognized via his instructor, the Indian yogin Nâropa, and during his closest disciple, Milarepa. This lucid and relocating translation of a textual content composed by way of the writer of The lifetime of Milarepa and The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa documents the interesting lifetime of Marpa, who, in contrast to many different Tibetan masters, used to be a layman, a skillful businessman who raised a relations whereas education his disciples.
As a adolescence, Marpa was once encouraged to commute to India to check the Buddhist teachings, for at the moment in Tibet, Buddhism has waned significantly via ruthless suppression via an evil king. the writer paints a shiny photo of Marpa's 3 trips to India: precarious mountain passes, desolate plains teeming with bandits, grasping customs-tax creditors. Marpa continued many hardships, yet not anything to check with the pains that ensued along with his guru Nâropa and different lecturers. but Marpa succeeded in studying the tantric teachings, translating and bringing them to Tibet, and setting up the perform Lineage of the Kagyüs, which maintains to this present day.