The Tower and the Cave of Demons

The Tower and the Cave of Demons

Friday 15 October – Sunday 17 October

Milarepa was a murderer turned yogi turned enlightened saint, who lived in Tibet in the 11th century. His colourful life story serves as an inspiring and refreshingly practical, relatable example of transmuting suffering into faith, devotion, joy and ultimately liberation.

Led by Bodhidasa, a Sydney-based Order member who took up the practice of Milarepa at ordination, we will aim to unpack two key stories from Milarepa's life: the seemingly pointless building and tearing down of towers at the behest of his teacher Marpa, and if we have time, the encountering of demons in his cave high in the mountains of Tibet. We'll use the four levels of meaning common to the Tibetan traditions - outer, inner, secret and ultimate - to unlock the symbolism in these stories, taking us closer to the heart of Reality.

Ritual and meditation sessions will support us, led by Purna, Vasudhara, Malini and Suvarnadhi.


Programme for the weekend

(You'll see your afternoons are free for walking in nature with a friend, or reflecting on and absorbing the material.)

Friday night
7.00pm - 8.30pm - Introduction to the life of Milarepa and a puja (led by Suvarnadhi)

10.00am - 10.50am - Meditation (led by Vasudhara)
11.15am - 12.45pm - Building and tearing down towers: talk and discussion (led by Bodhidasa)
7.00pm - 8.30pm - Meditation & puja (led by Purna and Malini)

10.00am - 10.50am - Meditation (led by Vasudhara)
11.15am - 12.45pm - Encountering demons: talk and discussion (although depending on progress the previous day, we may continue with the story of Milarepa building and tearing down towers - led by Bodhidasa)
7.00pm - 8.00pm - Puja and closing (led by Suvarnadhi)

Zoom links will be emailed to you the afternoon before the event. Bookings essential. Suitable for all those who have learned and practised the metta bhavana and mindfulness of breathing meditations.


Book Now: $30 / $20

Although not held at the centre this will help us make up the shortfall due to the lockdown.