The Life of Milarepa

August 10th—August 24th

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    Room: ONLINE

    This course is included in the Revenue Sharing plan of Shambhala Online.  Half of your registration fee will be returned to the Birmingham Shambhala Center.

    Join this short and accessible summer course that will explore the legendary life and story of Milarepa – Tibet’s most famous yogi and Meditation Master.

    Milarepa (c. 1052 – c. 1135 CE) was a revered Kagyu lineage holder, and is well-known for his devotional doha songs (“spontaneously composed verses”) and stories, many of which have been translated and are available in English. But he did not start out this way! In his early life, he committed many serious crimes, before realizing this was not the path for him. Out of great regret and sorrow for his past misdeeds, he engaged in a deep spiritual path of purifying this negative karma. His story is an extreme example of how we can work with our own regret and pain for past actions to find peace, healing, and redemption.

    Each live session is one-hour long with a 45 minute talk and 15 minutes for questions.  Included in the course:

    • Meditation instruction as presented by Milarepa, based on his own experiences
    • Personal guidance and teaching on the Life of Milarepa from a highly regarded and respected Tibetan Buddhist teacher
    • Opportunity for group discussion and reflection
    • Contemplations that bring personal insight and meaning to your spiritual path
    • Connecting with other spiritual practitioners and meditators in an online environment


    Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Pema Karpo Meditation Center in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has lived since 2007. In 2006, he received his Khenpo degree, the Buddhist equivalent of a PhD, from the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Buddhist College) of Namdroling Monastery in South India. His journey started when in 2003 he was sent by his root teacher, HH Penor Rinpoche, to assist Shambhala Global and to begin teaching in the West.


    The revenue sharing code to enter when registering is TBA.


    Generosity Policy applies:  The Birmingham Shambhala Center does not wish restricted finances ever to interfere with one’s ability to receive the teachings. 

    • If paying the full price presents an obstacle to your participation, please use the “Pay what you can” option for registering, filling in the box with the price you are paying.  You can pay online with PayPal or a credit/debit car, or pay the amount at the door.
    • If you need to arrange a payment plan,  please make arrangements prior to the program by contacting Nick Buckner at [email protected].
    • For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.