Milarepa and the hunter

An incident from the life of Milarepa, a popular Tibetan saint

 

Milarepa is a Tibetan saint from the eleventh century. The multi-talented saint is known for well-written poetry, enlightenment, and asceticism. He attained spiritual bliss with the help of his teacher: Marpa the Translator.

 

Milarepa spent his life in caves and survived on nettles. No one disturbed the saint ever. However, one day a deer entered his cave. The deer was followed by an angry hunter and his dog. Milarepa sang his poetry to calm down the master. This scene has been recreated in the Losel Doll Museum.

Traditional Tibetan amusements

A picnic in Tibetan style, an exhibit from Losel Doll Museum in Himachal Pradesh

 

A Tibetan family enjoys a picnic. The means of amusement include a traditional guitar and prayer drum, dice game, and family meal. 🙂

Tri Relbachen, one of famous 3 dharma kings of Tibet

Tri Relbachen finds place in Losel Doll Museum in Dharamshala

 

This postcard shows one of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet, Tri Relbachen. He hosted several Indian scholars who translated and revised Buddhist scriptures during his reign spanning from 806 to 836 CE. And more than 30 monasteries were built to propagate Buddhism. Nepali and Turkish artists decorated the shrines. He also organized first ever medical conference in the lofty Himalayas. He strengthened Tibet-China relationship to avoid wars. But he was assassinated for promoting Buddhism at the expense of his political duties.

(Image: L to R): Princesses, King, and his Minister