Translated by Garma C.C. Chang
This is the biography of a saint, a Buddhist yoga manual, a volume of songs and poems, and a collection of Tibetan folklore. Milarepa was an eleventh-century Buddhist poet and saint, a cotton clad yogi who avoided the scholarly institutions of his time and wandered from village to village, teaching enlightenment and the path to Buddhahood through his spontaneously composed songs.
According to the translator, this book "has been read as the biography of a saint, a guide book for devotions, a manual of Buddhist yoga, a volume of songs and poems, and even a collection of Tibetan folklore and fairy tales." It is the first complete version of this classic to appear in the West.