Courtesy of Himalayan Art Resources
In the darkness of the lands to the North
Is one just like a snow-capped peak in the rising sun,
He who is known as Töpa Ga, 'Joyous to Hear,'
To that great being, I pay homage!
Texts by and about the great yogi Jetsün Milarepa (mi la ras pa, 1040–1123), Tibet’s most famous poet-saint:
- Vajra Net: The Ancillary Preliminary and Concluding Practices for the Three Drops, the Guru Yogas for Venerable Marpa, Mila, and Gampopa by Jokyab Pema Trinlé Nyingpo | Guru Yoga
Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö praises the great eleventh-century poet and yogi Milarepa, describing him as a ‘crown-jewel’ among the many siddhas, or accomplished adepts, to have appeared in the Land of Snows.
- The Definitive Ascertainment of Tantra: In Praise of the Great Master Milarepa by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö | Praise
- The Melody of Complete Accomplishment: A Prayer to Those Praised as Ornaments of the Practice Lineage by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo | Prayers
Jamyang Khyentse says that he wrote this four-verse prayer to the founders of the practice lineage, i.e., Marpa Lotsāwa, Milarepa and Gampopa, in the first month of the Wood Ox year (1865) following a dream.
In this spiritual song (mgur), the great yogi Milarepa praises the qualities of Kyangpen Namkha Dzong or Jangphen Namkha Dzong (rkyang phan nam mkha' rdzong), which he likens to a palace, and explains why it is so conducive to meditative retreat. The place is listed among the six well-known outer 'fortresses' associated with Milarepa.