Milarepa (1040-1123) – The "Cotton-clad" Yogin
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ABS 059

 Code: ABS 059

  Country: Tibet (central)


  Date: 1300 - 1400

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 11.6 x 15 x 7.6

  Materials: Brass

Milarepa (1040-1123) – The "Cotton-clad" Yogin

The famous yogin Milarepa, is here represented in his typical singing gesture, his right hand held to his ear. His left hand rest on his lap in contemplation, supporting a skull cup, the characteristic attribute of both ascetics and wrathful deities. He is sitting in the attitude of royal ease on a double lotus pedestal and an antelope skin. Dressed only with a cotton shawl, a copper inlaid meditation belt crosses his right shoulder and chest. With a smiling face and wide-open silver inlaid eyes, the yogin has a mark on the forehead and pierced ears. His long hair going down his neck are short and curly on the front.

After a childhood marked by the death of his father and family betrayals, he experienced revenge and remorse. He became a disciple Marpa the Translator (1012-1097) who granted him teachings and initiations. Living as a wondering yogin dressed only in cotton, he gained his name of Milarepa, “cotton-clad Mila”. After he attained spiritual liberation, he was joined by numerous disciples, and became a very famous master. Teaching others through spiritual songs, the story of his life and collection of teachings are called “The Hundred thousand Songs”. His life of wandering ascetic is considered a model of individual transformation. A most beloved religious figure of Tibet, Milarepa is considered the yogin “par excellence”.