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Milarepa (1040–1143) is the revered saint and poet of Tibetan Buddhism. He attained great mastery in the yogic powers, including levitation and flight through the air. He is characteristically depicted with his right hand cupped to his ear or near his ear. Some have surmised that this indicates that he is a shravaka, which is a disciple of the Buddha, a “listener.” (Shravaka means “hearing, listening to.”) Others believe the gesture may also symbolize Milarepa’s capacity to retain Buddhist teachings and doctrines in his ear. Milarepa was a master of the esoteric teachings of the tantra, which were orally transmitted from guru to disciple.