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Milarepa and Gampopa

by Ivy Hsu
April, 1997
Chinese (BIG5) version

The following is a story about Milarepa and his disciple Gampopa given in [1]:

Gampopa, Milarepa's greatest disciple, asked him, at the moment of their parting, "When will be the time for me to start guiding students?" Milarepa replied, "When you are not like you are now, when your whole perception has been transformed, and you are able to see, really see, this old man before you as nothing less than the Buddha himself. When devotion has brought you to that moment of recognition, that moment will be the sign that the time for you to teach has come."

According to another story related by Lama Surya Das, Milarepa had one last instruction for Gampopa before they parted. Take a look at Milarepa's Last Word


  1. "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" by Sogyal Rinpoche.