The Songs of Realization of the Kagyu Masters
Saturday, March 7, 8:00am - 5:00p.m.
For the past 1,000 years, masters of the Kagyu lineage have expressed their realization in spontaneous songs to instruct and inspire contemporary and future disciples. A selection of these are gathered in a compendium called An Ocean of the Songs of the Kagyu (a translation of the Tibetan title, Kagyu Gurtso). Under the direction of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, this collection was translated into English and published as The Rain of Wisdom.
These songs are traditionally recited on several important occasions. One such instance is the 15th day (the full moon) of the first lunar month, this year corresponding to March 9th. This is the anniversary of the Buddha displaying many miracles— one of four main Buddhist holidays observed in Tibet. This day is also the anniversary of Marpa the Translator, the first Tibetan forefather of the Kagyu, and just one day prior is the anniversary of the great lord of yogis Milarepa.