The life and teachings of the wandering yogi Patrul Rinpoche—a highly revered Buddhist master and scholar of nineteenth-century Tibet—come alive in true stories gathered and translated by the French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard over more than thirty years, based on the oral accounts of great contemporary teachers as well as written sources. Patrul’s life story reveals the nature of a highly realized being as he transmits the Dharma in everything he does, teaching both simple nomads and great lamas in ways that are often unconventional and even humorous, but always with uncompromising authenticity. These stories provide an ever-fresh source of inspiration for practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.The publication is edited by long time Dzgogchen Community member and editor for Shang Shung Publications, Constance Wilkinson, who also teamed up with Ricard for the definitive collection of works by Shabkar. Constance Wilkinson is known for her excellent translation of Patrul's "Advice to Me Myself"
Constance Wilkinson at Marathika, Solu Khumbu, Nepal, long ago
To read a biography of Patrul Rinpoche, visit here.
Constance wrote on her facepage this morning, "Been working on this for four years, with Matthieu, who's been working on it for 30+ years, collecting from lamas true stories of Patrul, passed on from eye-witnesses, then from person to person. Stories interspersed with broader life outlines and translations of some poems and teachings. Very happy to see the project coming to fruition."
Whenever I am feeling out of sorts and disaffected with my practice I turn to Patrul Rinpoche for inspiration. His language is direct, ironic and vividly aware of the human condition and all our limitations. He is as contemporary today as ever. I can't wait until this book is released by Shambhala Publications.