Please join us for Milarepa Day at Aligned Center, 10 am to 5 pm Saturday March 10th. 

On Saturday March 10th, for the first time, WBC will celebrate the life and example of Milarepa, Tibet’s foremost Yogi and poet, and the entire lineage of Kagyu teachers in the traditional format by reciting a compilation of their stories and songs for the entire day. 

We will read from the Rain of Wisdom: Songs of the Kagyu Gurus, a collection of spontaneous poems that express spiritual understanding—a form of poetry that has existed in Tibet for many centuries. With their vivid imagery and deep insight, these poems communicate in a very direct way profound and timeless insight from many of Tibet's most realized and respected Buddhist masters. 

These songs are the direct personal voices of the lineage holders, sharing their experiences of the path, practice and realization. In chanting them, we attune our minds to theirs, invoking the inspiration of their sanity and devotion. 

This collection was first compiled by Mikyö Dorje, the eighth Karmapa; it was translated into English by the Nalanda Translation Committee under the supervision of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This is one of only two publicly published books that Rinpoche translated during his life. 

The reading continues throughout the day and participants are free to come and go as they like. Join for all or part of the day. There will be a short break for lunch out or you can bring a bag lunch to eat with the group. Snacks and tea will be served throughout the day. 

This event is free of charge, however donations towards our purchase of a few copies of the book for participants to use and the refreshments are most welcome!

If you can bring your copy of the book please let us know.  We encourage you to purchase a copy before hand. They are available on amazon and at other places. 

If you can help out as a chant reader or for set up or clean up please contact Gretchen Lieb at grlieb@vassar.edu

Directions to The Aligned Center

1 Bridge Street, Suite 64, Irvington, 10533 NY

  • Aligned Center is situated right above the Red Hat restaurant, next to WBC's usual Irvington location at the Eileen Fisher Headquarters
  • Park in the large lot in front of MP Taverna and walk into courtyard to the right of the Eileen Fisher Lab
  • Go straight ahead to the "Foundry" entrance
  • The office is on the second floor right at the top of the stairs

Questions about this program? Contact us!