Archive for January 2019

The Enlightened Vagabond, The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche - Part 6: That's it!

By Matthieu Ricard on January 29, 2019

One day, as Patrul Rinpoche and a student close to his heart, Nyoshul Lungtok, were staying in retreat in the forest of Ari Dza, Patrul asked Lungtok, “Do you miss your mother?” “Not really,” Lungtok replied. “A-dzi!” said Patrul. “That’s what happens when you fail to cultivate compassion!” He continued, “Now go into that willow grove ov...

The Enlightened Vagabond, The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche - Part 5 : Patrul is Taught His Own Teachings

By Matthieu Ricard on January 09, 2019

Patrul had decided to go to Kathok and gather merit by circumambulating the stupas at the Kathok Kumbum (the Hundred Thousand Images of Kathok). A few people noticed this shabby nomad lama stopping at each stupa, sticking his head inside, and saying a few words. Beyond that, there was nothing out of the ordinary about him. When he first ar...

The Enlightened Vagabond, The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche - Part 4: Patrul on Having Things and Patrul and the Widow.

By Matthieu Ricard on January 01, 2019

This huge building is entirely made of flat stones engraved with mantras and prayers. Province of Myniak, Eastern Tibet. Photograph by Matthieu Ricard. Excerpts from The Enlightened Vagabond, the biography of the 19th century hermit and spiritual master Patrul Rinpoche. Patrul on Having Things Patrul often pointed out the uselessnes...