Milarepa (1040-1123) – The "Cotton-clad" Yogin
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ABS 347

 Code: ABS 347

  Country: Tibet


  Date: Unknown

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 9.1 x 10 x 6.6

  Materials: Brass

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

The famous yogin Milarepa, “Mila the Cotton-clad”, is here represented in his typical singing gesture, his right hand held to his ear. His left hand rest on his lap in contemplation. Sitting in the ease posture on a pair of cushion and an antelope skin, he appears naked and emaciated, dressed only with a cotton shawl, a meditation belt crossing his chest. This kind of representation evokes the harsh privations he endured in his ascetic life of solitary meditation, living only on nettles to the point his skin turned green.

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”.