Is this a painting of Milarepa?

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Is this a painting of Milarepa?

Postby eddie martin » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:20 am

Hi is this a painting of Milarepa or Green Tara? thanks

http://www.georgiana.net/bilder/program ... Mila-1.jpg

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Re: Is this a painting of Milarepa?

Postby asunthatneversets » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:48 am

Milarepa. There are other paintings of him where he is depicted with green skin as well.

This is the explanation I found:
"At the age of 45, he started to practice at Drakar Taso (White Rock Horse Tooth) cave – "Milarepa's Cave", as well as becoming a wandering teacher. Here, he subsisted on nettle tea, leading his skin to turn green with a waxy covering, hence the greenish color he is often depicted as having, in paintings and sculpture."

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Re: Is this a painting of Milarepa?

Postby eddie martin » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:49 am

I found out it is Milarepa and i found out the reason he is green.2 of my friends were telling me it was green tara

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Re: Is this a painting of Milarepa?

Postby eddie martin » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:50 am

asunthatneversets wrote:Milarepa. There are other paintings of him where he is depicted with green skin as well.

This is the explanation I found:
"At the age of 45, he started to practice at Drakar Taso (White Rock Horse Tooth) cave – "Milarepa's Cave", as well as becoming a wandering teacher. Here, he subsisted on nettle tea, leading his skin to turn green with a waxy covering, hence the greenish color he is often depicted as having, in paintings and sculpture."



Thank you

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Re: Is this a painting of Milarepa?

Postby greentara » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:08 am

Its probably a painting of Milarepa and he is a shade of green as thistle soup was part of his diet.
I thought no one could live on thistle soup (no calories) but it must be true as years ago the adventurous traveller Dervla Murphy went to remote areas of Nepal and found poor children living on turnips and when that ran out they subsisted on thistle soup.

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Re: Is this a painting of Milarepa?

Postby Simon E. » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:15 am

It was nettle soup, not thistle.


The posture also suggests Mila, the hand behind the ear, often explained as his 'listening to the Dakinis.'

ChNN has a different explanation.

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Re: Is this a painting of Milarepa?

Postby Adamantine » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:23 am

Simon E. wrote:ChNN has a different explanation.


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Re: Is this a painting of Milarepa?

Postby Stewart » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:46 am

ChNN asserts that Milarepa was a successful Dzogchen practitioner, a fact played down by Kagyupas over the years, and has suggested that Mila's pose is actually a posture from Longde.

Dan Martin has a paper called 'The Early Education of Milarepa' which gives more detail to Mila's Gurus prior to Marpa. It's very interesting, I have it in PDF if you can't find it.
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Re: Is this a painting of Milarepa?

Postby conebeckham » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:41 pm

I've heard that he is applying pressure to a pressure point....whether that is Dzogchen LongDe or some other system I leave to others to parse out.....
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