From the murals of Shechen Monastery. Used with permission of Rabjam Rinpoche.
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:
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.
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.