Patrul was an enlightened master and one of the most illustrious spiritual teachers of the nineteenth century. As a wandering practitioner in the ancient tradition of vagabond renunciants, he was revered in Tibetan history for his wanderings, teachings and scholarship. As an author he shared the Buddhist teachings in ways that all levels of practitioners could understand. As a wanderer, Patrul Rinpoche, spent much of his life roaming mountains, caves, forests, and remote hermitages. Occasionally, he would seek shelter at unsuspecting students houses. As one who shied away from attention, he left patrons houses and towns when they discovered the truth of who he was. In the quiet of the wilderness, he cultivated bodhichitta through his meditation and wished for all beings to be free of suffering. Patrul advocated for simplicity in living, free of extraneous matter. His life was as inspiration. 

Patrul passed to parinirvana in his late seventies. His few possessions included The Root Verses on the Middle Way and The Way of the Bodhisattva, a begging bowl, a red wool pouch holding his yellow monk’s shawl, a prayer wheel, his walking stick, and a little metal pot for boiling tea.

“Perfectly stay in the natural flow,
There is no other concentration.
Perfectly realize the natural state,
There is no other wisdom.”

~Patrul Rinpoche

Patrul Rinpoche was a prolific writer during his life writing his own treatises that were later collected into six volumes of work. The most celebrated being The Words of My Perfect Teacher.

Other works included:

  • A Brief Guide to the Stages of Visualization

  • A Garland of Scriptural Transmissions of the Aural Lineage

  • Heart Treasure of the Saints

  • Self-Liberating Meditation

  • Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King

  • The Brightly Shining Sun

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