The Life of Milarepa


Author: Tsangnyon Heruka
Translated by Andrew Quintman
Foreword by Donald S. Lopez Jr.
Softcover, 304 pages

This is the classic biography of the 11th century yogin and poet who was the most renowned saint in Tibetan Buddhist history. The Life of Milarepa is one of the most beloved stories of the Tibetan people and a great literary example of the contemplative life. This biography, a dramatic tale from a culture now in crisis, can be read on several levels. A personal and moving introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, it is also a detailed guide to the search for liberation.

It presents the quest for purification and buddahood in a single lifetime, tracing the path of a great sinner who became a great saint. It is also a powerfully evocative narrative, full of magic, miracles, suspense, and humor, while reflecting the religious and social life of medieval Tibet.