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Author QuotedTsangnyön Heruka
Title QuotedLife of Milarepa
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/02/00
QuotationFirst of all I want to thank you for the wonderful gift of the Life of Mila Repa. This is a splendid volume, and extremely interesting to me. I am absorbed in it, and it gives a wonderful idea of Tibetan Buddhism. It has a character of energy and power which is quite unique. Certainly the Western idea of Buddhism is terribly confused. You mention the spirit of sacrifice in your letter, and the most notable thing about Mila Repa is the absolute totality of his sacrifice in order to attain liberation. There was no price too high to pay. His will was indomitable. At the same time will alone is not sufficient. This is recognized, in Buddhism, by the idea of karma from a positive or good aspect, and in Christianity by the idea of grace. In any event it is clear that Mila Repa had received a special gift, a power to desire and to thirst for the light.
Quotation SourceThe Road to Joy: Letters to New and Old Friends.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / [S.l.] : Flame. 1990, p. 320
Letter toTashi Tshering
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