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The Mila Grubum

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His writings are often referred to as the Songs of Milarepa, or The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa - Mila Grubum in Tibetan. The work contains graphic expressions, striking stories, and Tibetan folklore, including fairy tales. They are educational and inspirational to the unenlightened, and canonical Mahayana texts by someone who his honoured by all the four main sects of Tibetan Buddhism. What is more, the Mila Grubum is central to Tibetan culture.

The teaching that Buddhist lore is merely "exaltations" and directions toward inner awakening, is central to Tibetan Tantrism, which Milarepa was schooled in. The Buddhist Tantric practices contain mantra yoga, breathing exercises and much else, and yogic relaxation and effortlessness are stressed too.

As time went by, Milarepa got many disciples of both sexes.

The gifted Buddhist scholar Garma C. C. Chang (1920-88) translated the entire work into English in the 1950s as a labour of love. He says the author of the Mila Grubum was "The Mad Dog from gTsan", a fabulous disciple of a disciple of Milarepa's celebrated pupil and Gampopa (Gambopa) (1079-1161). "Mad Dog" bears many other names too. "Insane Yogi from gTsan" is one of them [688, 690]

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