Chatral Rinpoche Series
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Texts by and about the great Dzogchen master Chatral Sangye Dorje (bya bral sangs rgyas rdo rje, 1913–2015):
In this song of yearning devotion, or prayer of 'calling the guru from afar' (bla ma rgyang 'bod), the late Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche offers his followers some profound advice related to "the swift path of the luminous Great Perfection."
In a series of poetic verses Chatral Rinpoche explains the purpose and benefit of saving the lives of endangered animals, especially those due to be slaughtered, as it is a practice of protection from harm and an expression of universal compassion.
Important words of advice for all serious Dharma practitioners from the great Dzogchen yogin Chatral Sangye Dorje.
- The Rishi's Maledictory Incantation: An Invocation of Wisdom Mind and Sacred Pledges for Reversing the Disturbances and Agitations of Dark Times In the Form of an Aspiration Prayer | Aspiration Prayers
This is a prayer for the modern age, or kaliyuga, calling upon Buddha Śākyamuni, Guru Padmasambhava and all enlightened deities, gurus and protectors, in order to transform the minds of those in positions of power, so that terrible weapons of war may be eradicated, and the threats they pose to Dharma and living beings removed, allowing peace to reign throughout the world.
Calling the Guru from Afar
- The Excellent Path of Supreme Great Bliss: A Prayer for Calling the Guru from Afar | Calling the Guru from Afar
This beautiful devotional prayer of 'calling the guru from afar' (bla ma rgyang 'bod) was composed in Yolmo in 1985.
A short yet profound guru yoga composed at the insistence of close students and which is still recited daily by many disciples. The practice incorporates a unique mantra based on Rinpoche's name and employs imagery associated with the Great Perfection.
An introduction to the short biography of Sera Khandro (1892–1940) entitled The Excellent Path of Devotion.
A prayer for the longevity of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (1938–2018), composed in Kathmandu, Nepal, 1995.
A prayer for the longevity of Soktsé Rinpoche, Kunzang Tendzin Gyaltsen (b. 1928), a senior holder of the Dudjom Tersar lineage.
In this brief guide to Ujjain, most likely part of a personal pilgrimage diary, Chatral Rinpoche repeatedly refers to the city as Uḍḍiyāna. Ujjain is home to the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the most famous temples dedicated to Lord Śiva, attracting thousands of devotees every day. Rinpoche concludes with a guide to Khoteshwar, identified here as the Sindhu Isle, birthplace of Guru Padmasambhava.
Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche wrote this brief guide to the sacred Māratika cave at the request of his daughter, Sarasvatī. In a series of verses, he describes the significance of this powerful place of longevity — the "destroyer of death" is the literal meaning of its name — where Guru Padmasambhava and the Lady Mandāravā attained immortality.
These verses to be recited at the beginning of every session, which invoke the blessings of the guru, were copied from notes in Rinpoche's own hand.
A short daily practice of Takhyung Barwa, the revelation of Jigme Lingpa (1730–1798) that combines the practices of Hayagrīva, Garuḍa and Guru Drakpo, and is renowned for its capacity to subjugate negative forces and cure disease.
Vows & Commitments
- The Ritual of the Bodhisattva Vow According to the Tradition of Patrul Rinpoche arranged by Chatral Rinpoche | Bodhicitta
This elaborate ritual for taking the bodhisattva vow, which includes preliminary recitations and practices as well as the vow itself, was arranged according to the tradition of the great Dza Patrul Rinpoche (1808–1887) by the holder of his lineage, Chatral Rinpoche Sangye Dorje, in 1986.