Considered the Lord of the Yogins, Milarepa is well-known for the depth of his realization, the power of his devotion, and the beauty of his poetical songs.
It is said he possessed acute powers of hearing; thus he is usually depicted cupping his right hand to his ear, continually attentive to the needs of sentient beings. The antelope skin he sits upon denotes his gentleness and compassion.
A renunciate known for wearing simple white cotton cloth and subsisting on nettles.
Milarepa inspired and instructed many disciples. Foremost among them was Gampopa, from whom all the Kagyu schools are descended.