From the murals of Shechen Monastery. Used with permission of Rabjam Rinpoche.
Outwardly you are the bodhisattva Shantideva,
Inwardly the lord of incarnations, Shavaripa,
Secretly the supreme and noble Self-liberation of Suffering—Avalokiteśvara—in person:
Jikmé Chökyi Wangpo, to you I pray!
Texts by and about the great Rimé master, Patrul Orgyen Jigme Chökyi Wangpo (dpal sprul o rgyan 'jigs med chos kyi dbang po, 1808–1887):
Written for his close disciple, Alak Dongak Gyatso (1824–1902), this text of Patrul Rinpoche offers advice on the purpose and significance of solitude. Brief as it is, the work is of interest not only for its comments on retreat, but also for the clues it holds about Alak Dongak's life, especially as no complete biography has yet come to light and his writings have not survived.
This prayer to the masters of the lineage of explanation for Bodhicaryāvatāra, from Patrul Rinpoche back through the generations as far as Śāntideva, and before him to Buddha Śākyamuni and Mañjuśrī, is also an aspiration to take the central message of the text to heart.
- The Brightly Shining Sun: A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditating on the Bodhicaryāvatāra | Bodhicaryāvatāra
Patrul Rinpoche was renowned for his mastery of, and fondness for, Shantideva's classic guide to the way of the bodhisattva, and this is his practical manual for applying its wisdom and meditating on its key themes.
Buddhist Philosophy & Teachings
This survey of the five paths (lam lnga) and ten stages or bhūmis (sa bcu) explains the practices and qualities associated with each and every phase of the Mahāyāna path, from its initial point of entry through to its eventual culmination with the attainment of enlightenment.
Taking a famous four-line prayer as his basis, Patrul Rinpoche explains the practice of taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and arousing bodhichitta, in both its relative and ultimate forms.
One of Patrul Rinpoche's better known works, this pithy presentation of the two levels of truth is more than just a guide to what "relative" and "absolute" signify; it is also a practical instruction on how to apply such understanding in meditation.
Hitting the Essence in Three Words
- Hitting the Essence in Three Words—“The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King”—Root Text | Dzogchen
- Hitting the Essence in Three Words—“The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King”—Root Text (arranged in Tibetan-English verses) | Dzogchen
Prayers & Practices
This brief guide to explaining Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje's famous aspiration prayer, known as 'The Secret Vajra Knot' (rdo rje rgya mdud), provides a topical outline of its contents, and, in so doing, reveals the vast scope of its vision.