After years of solitary meditation in
a cave, interspersed with visits to Milarepa, Gampopa finally completed his
training and was ready to leave his master...
Gampopa asked him for final
instructions. Milarepa, however, simply said, "What is needed is more effort,
not more teachings." And he would say no more.
Gampopa set off and had already
crossed a narrow stream when Milarepa shouted to attract his attention one last
time. The guru knew that he would not see Gampopa again during this
"I have one very profound
instruction," Milarepa said... Gampopa looked back. Milarepa suddenly turned
around, bent over, and pulled up his ragged robe, displaying buttocks as
calloused and pockmarked as a horse's hoof, hardened from so many years of
seated meditation on bare rock.
"That's my final instruction,
heart-son!" he shouted. "Do