Chapter 5: Purifying obscurations through despair

Sekhar Guthok, "nine-storey son's house," the tower Marpa ordered
Milarepa to build. Photo from the Shalu Association.

In Chapter 5, Milarepa tries desperately to satisfy the demands of his teacher, Marpa. In this Unit, you will read the fifth chapter of this abridged life story while continuing to learn new grammatical constructions and expressions. You will memorize a traditional grammar verse about the particles ནས་ and ལས་, and practice word sequencing for some short Tibetan sentences. You will also learn how to spell out loud in Tibetan.

When you’re ready to study Chapter Five, begin with 5.1 Grammar Preview and 5.2 Sentence Building. With those, you should be ready to try 5.3 Reading & Translation. You should also memorize the Tibetan grammar verse, review your grammar with 5.5 Sequencing Practice, and practice your pronunciation by following along with 5.6 Reading Aloud. Finally, in 5.7 you will learn how to spell out loud in Tibetan.