A powerful and graphic folk tale, full of magic, disaster, feuds, deceptions and humour. Milarepa is still regarded as Tibet's greatest yogi and his story continues to inspire Buddhist practitioners of all lineages. He is famous for his spiritual songs (Dohas), in which he expresses the profundity of his realization of the dharma. He also had many disciples, male and female, including Rechung Dorje Drakpa and Gampopa. His female disciples include Rechungma, Padarbum, Sahle Aui and Tsheringma. It was Gampopa who became Milarepa's spiritual successor, continued his lineage, and became one of the main lineage masters in Milarepa's tradition.
Tsangnyön Heruka (Gtsang smyon Heruka, 1452-1507), the self- proclaimed "madman of Central Tibet," was both an iconoclastic tantric master and a celebrated author, best known for his versions of The Life of Milarepa and The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa.