TIPA to perform Milarepa play by Karmapa at Kagyu Monlam(Phayul)
Phayul[Monday, November 30, 2009 01:11]
Dharamsala, November 29 – His poems have been transformed into songs by noted Tibetan singers. He has spoken on environment and climate action. He sits in the Mind and Life conference on science and Buddhism. He recently gave lecture at the TED India conference at the world renowned Infosys campus in Mysore. He owns a Nikon Digital SLR camera, and a Sony Viao laptop. The versatility of the seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinlay Dorjee seems to only grow now that he has written a play on the great Tibetan Yogi Milarepa*.
The overall supervision for the play, from its script to the design of the stage has been done by Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche himself. Gyalwang Karmapa, who is seventeenth in his lineage, has been giving teachings on Milarepa's biography at Kagyu Monlam for the past few years.
More than 500 monks will be seated on two sides of a massive stage that will be designed by professionals from Mumbai and Taiwan. The monks will chant Buddhist prayers in between the scenes of the play. Eight cameras will be projecting the play on 3 giant screens.
Yonten, an artiste from the institute who has recently finished shooting for a film calledSemshook based on Tibetan writer activist Tenzin Tsundue, says, “I feel not just honored but blessed to be acting in a play about the great Milarepa that is written by the great Gyalwang Karmapa himself. I feel anxious because there is no retake in play, and certainly not in something big as this. I am nervous too.”
*(Milarepa is one of the most widely known Tibetan Saints. In a superhuman effort, he rose above the miseries of his younger life and with the help of his Guru, Marpa, took to a solitary life of meditation until he had achieved the pinnacle of the enlightened state, never to be born again into the Samsara (whirlpool of life and death) of worldly existence. Out of compassion for humanity, he undertook the most rigid asceticism to reach the Buddhic state of enlightenment and to pass his accomplishments on to the rest of humanity. (http://www.cosmicharmony.com)