This is an introductory talk on the White Lotus Sutra, given at the start of the Padmaloka Winter Retreat. Vidyadaka gives us a rough outline of the sutra, starting with the word of the Buddha. In the second half there is an exploration of the Introductory Chapter of the sutra, setting the scene for what is to follow.
Milarepa is a well known yogi and poet who lived in 11th Century Tibet. In this talk, given on a young men's weekend at Padmaloka, Manjuvajra outlines and explores the main events of Milarepa’s life, and touches on several of the important characteristics of his teaching – poetry, renunciation, spiritual friendship and mahamudra meditation.