An unusual biography of a great Tibetan religious leader who lived more than 800 years ago. Despite the many sectarian differences between the numerous sects of Tibetan Buddhism, they all unite in holding the Great Yogi Milarepa in the highest reverence and esteem, and consider him, the prototype of everything that a great saint should be. In Milarepa’s life, the teaching of all the great yogis of India, including the greatest of them known to history, Gautama the Buddha, are exemplified. Remarkable parallels, too, may be drawn between Milarepa’s teachings and those given the world by another Great Master of Life in the Sermon on the Mount. And in his preface to the second edition of this work, which appeared in 1958, the editor points also to similarities between the life and teachings of Milarepa and Mahatma Gandhi. In making this translation from the original Tibetan, the late Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup, who was Dr. Evans-Wentz’s Tibetan guru for many years, wished to show to cultured Western eyes “one of our great teachers, as he actually lived, in a biography of him, much of which is couched in the words of his own mouth, and the remainder in the words of his disciple Rechung, who knew him in the flesh.”
With an introduction and explanatory notes by W.Y. Evans-Wentz.
Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa, W.Y. Evans, Oxford University Press, 1969
Paperback. Octavo. Minor shelf wear. Book corners bumped slightly. Pages unmarked. A tight copy. 315 pp.