Posted by: Lea | March 8, 2009

Milarepa’s Last Testament

Milarepa’s Last Testament
as told by Lama Surya Das

After the enlightened cave-yogi and song master Milarepa left this world, a scrap of rice paper was found inscribed with his handwriting. His ascetic followers were astounded, for it stated that beneath a nearby boulder was buried all the gold that ascetic Mila had hoarded during his life.

A few eager disciples dug around and under that large rock. In the earth they discovered a ragged cloth bundle. Opening the knotted bundle with shaking hands, they discovered only a lump of dried shit.

There was another scribbled note as well. It said: “If you understand my teaching so little that you actually believed I ever valued or hoarded gold, you are truly heirs to my shit.”

The note was signed “The Laughing Vajra, Milarepa.”



  1. I’ve always loved Milarepa. Never heard this story before. Thanks, Lea! Have to remember this one.


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