Mila Comes Alive!
This epilogue reflects on the nature of Tsangnyön Heruka's biography of Jetsun Milarepa and suggests that the yogin remains a presence for the multitude of individuals who read his life story. What is unnatural about the Life and Songs of Milarepa is precisely that it appears so natural, so real. It seems so close to its subject, to the point of being its subject, even if it was composed centuries after the yogin's death. Milarepa's life now serves as a component of children's Tibetan-language textbooks in contemporary Tibet, sanctioned by the Chinese authorities. For centuries after his death, authors have reimagined and rewritten versions of the yogin's life story; those stories form the corpus of narratives that embody his life both as an individual who traversed the Buddhist path to enlightenment and as an exemplar of how that might be accomplished. The Milarepa corpus embodied in Tsangnyön's work certainly lives on.
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