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Milarepa: Inspiration From the Lineage Retreat (4 0f 6)

by Saddhanandi (2022)

The fourth of six informal talks by Saddhanandi exploring themes from one of Milarepa’s Songs: The Song of Self-Examination, found in the Chapter’ Meeting Rechunga’ one of Milarepa’s female disciples. This talk was recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022.

The song offers an uncompromising criterion for the spiritual life: endurance of hardships, renunciation of ‘nature lands’ property, friends and lovers; and a willingness to follow the instructions of a Guru.

Saddhanandi discusses the themes using extracts from Sangharakshita’s seminars on other Songs of Milarepa.

Talk Four: Renunciation and Aloneness
Exploring themes from the next verse in Milarepa’s song: attachment in its various forms. Also, the need to move towards the positive whilst practicing non-attachment. The talk then explores the loneliness inherent in conditioned existence – what Bhante calls ‘existential aloneness’.

This talk is part of the series Milarepa: Inspiration From the Lineage Retreat.