Milarepa quotes

  • My religion is to live and die without regret.
    -- Milarepa

    #Buddhist #Regret

  • When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.
    -- Milarepa

    #Running #Dog #Lions

  • Accustomed long to contemplating love and compassion I have forgotten all difference between myself and others
    -- Milarepa

    #Buddhist #Compassion #Differences

  • All meditation must begin with arousing deep compassion. Whatever one does must emerge from an attitude of love and benefitting others.
    -- Milarepa

    #Buddhist #Attitude #Compassion

  • Know emptiness, Be compassionate.
    -- Milarepa

    #Buddhist #Emptiness #Compassionate

  • Strong and healthy, who thinks of sickness until it strikes like lightning? Preoccupied with the world, who thinks of death, until it arrives like thunder?
    -- Milarepa

    #Strong #Buddhist #Thinking

  • Do not entertain hopes for realization, but practice all your life..
    -- Milarepa

    #Practice #Realization

  • Hasten slowly and ye shall soon arrive.
    -- Milarepa

    #Awareness

  • When you are strong and healthy, You never think of sickness coming, But it descends with sudden force, Like a stroke of lightning. When involved in worldly things, You never think of death's approach; Quick it comes like thunder, Crashing round your head.
    -- Milarepa

    #Strong #Freedom #Thinking

  • Life is short and the time of death is uncertain; so apply yourself to meditation. Avoid doing evil, and acquire merit, to the best of your ability, even at the cost of life itself. In short: Act so that you have no cause to be ashamed of yourselves and hold fast to this rule.
    -- Milarepa

    #Life Is Short #Evil #Meditation

  • Desires achieved increase thirst like salt water.
    -- Milarepa

    #Buddhist #Water #Desire

  • In brief, without being mindful of death, whatever Dharma practices you take up will be merely superficial.
    -- Milarepa

    #Practice #Superficial #Dharma

  • In the monastery of your heart, you have a temple where all Buddhas unite.
    -- Milarepa

    #Heart #Temples #Monasteries

  • My religion is not deceiving myself.
    -- Milarepa

    #Deceiving

  • I have no desire for wealth or possessions, and so I have nothing. I do not experience the initial suffering of having to accumulate possessions, the intermediate suffering of having to guard and keep up possessions, nor the final suffering of loosing the possessions.
    -- Milarepa

    #Suffering #Desire #Finals

  • When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick
    -- Milarepa

    #Running #Dog #Sticks

  • In the gap between thoughts nonconceptual wisdom shines continuously.
    -- Milarepa

    #Shining #Gaps

  • I need nothing. I seek nothing. I desire nothing.
    -- Milarepa

    #Desire #Needs

  • Deep in the wild mountains, is a strange marketplace,where you can trade the hassle and noise of everyday life, for eternal Light.
    -- Milarepa

    #Light #Everyday #Mountain

  • All worldly pursuits have but one unavoidable and inevitable end, which is sorrow; acquisitions end in dispersion; buildings in destruction; meetings in separation; births in death.
    -- Milarepa

    #Sorrow #Acquisition #Birth

  • If one stays too long with friends They will soon tire of him; Living in such closeness leads to dislike and hate. It is but human to expect and demand too much When one dwells too long in companionship.
    -- Milarepa

    #Buddhist #Hate #Long

  • All worldly pursuits have but one unavoidable and inevitable end, which is sorrow; acquisitions end in dispersion; buildings in destruction; meetings in separation; births in death. Knowing this, one should, from the very first, renounce acquisitions and storing-up, and building, and meeting; and, faithful to the commands of an eminent Guru, set about realizing the Truth. That alone is the best of religious observances.
    -- Milarepa

    #Religious #Buddhist #Knowing

  • In horror of death, I took to the mountains - again and again I meditated on the uncertainty of the hour of death, capturing the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind. Now all fear of death is over and done.
    -- Milarepa

    #Buddhist #Mind #Mountain

  • He who knows that all things are his mind, That all with which he meets are friendly, Is ever joyful.
    -- Milarepa

    #Happiness #Mind #Friendly

  • The affairs of the world will go on forever, do not delay the practice of meditation. Once you have met with the profound instructions from a meditation master, with single pointed determination, set about realizing the Truth.
    -- Milarepa

    #Determination #Practice #Profound

  • One should see that all appearance is like mist and fog.
    -- Milarepa

    #Fog #Appearance #Should

  • You menace others with your deadly fangs. But in tormenting them, you are only tormenting yourselves.
    -- Milarepa

    #Buddhism #Suffering #Menace

  • In harvesting of evil deeds, the human race is busy; and doing so is to taste the pangs of Hell . . . The piling up of wealth is the piling up of others' property; what one thus storeth formeth but provisions for one's enemies... I wash off human scandal by devotion true; and by my zeal, I satisfy the Deities. By compassion, I subdue the demons; all blame I scatter to the wind, and upward turn my face.
    -- Milarepa

    #Compassion #Race #Wind

  • Take the lowest place, and you shall reach the highest.
    -- Milarepa

    #Lowest

  • Mental activity in the daytime creates a latent form of habitual thought which again transforms itself at night into various delusory visions sensed by the semi-consciousness. This is called the deceptive and magic-like Bardo of Dream.
    -- Milarepa

    #Dream #Yoga #Night