The Magic Life of Milarepa
The Magic Life of Milarepa portrays the legendary exploits of Tibetan Buddhism’s most renowned saint. Full of intrique, disaster and amazing feats, it is the story of a man who transforms from an avenging black magician into heroic a supremely powerfull yogi, pointing the way to self-knowledge and liberation. It is the year 1050, and Milarepa is seeking vengeance on unscrupulous relatives for mistreating his mother and sister, trained in sorcery.
He commands a rain of scorpions, snakes and lizzards to attack the villains. But when his teacher rebukes him for his evil deeds, Milarepa renounces black magic to seek mystic truth. He retreats to a cave where, after years of intense meditation, he acquires the power to change his body into a shape and to fly across the sky like a bird. But most important, he achieves the greatest victory of all – mastery over his own self.
Music composed specially for the Milarepa book
Gutbucket’s world première at the Rubin Museum, New York Friday April 13, 2012
The comic is originally published in 1991 by Shambhala publications, Boston, U.S.A. It has been translated into Japanese, Hindi, Tibetan, French and Dutch. It is currently being prepared for a new updated version in French, German, Spanish and Chinese.