Photo: Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche (Tibetan: བྱ་བྲལ་སངས་རྒྱས་རྡོ་རྗེ་, Wylie: bya-bral sangs-rgyas rdo-rje) (English: Enlightened Indestructible Freedom From Activity) (June 18, 1913 – December 30, 2015) was a Dzogchen master and a reclusive yogi known for his great realization and strict discipline. Rinpoche was one of the few living disciples of Khenpo Ngagchung and is widely regarded as one of the most highly realized Dzogchen yogis. In addition to his relationship with Khenpo Ngagchung, Chatral Rinpoche also studied with some of the last century's most renowned masters, including Dudjom Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, and the famed dakini Sera Khandro Kunzang Dekyong Wangmo. Rinpoche was one of the primary lineage holders of the Longchen Nyingthig, and in particular the lineage that descends through Jigme Lingpa's heart son Jigme Gyalwe Nyugu and then on to Patrul Rinpoche. Prior to his death in 2015, Rinpoche divided his time between Salbari, India, and Kathmandu, Nepal. He was survived by two daughters, Tara Devi and Saraswati, and his wife Kamala.
During this degenerate age in the outer world, there are many natural disasters due to the upsetting of the four elements. Also, demonic forces come with their many weapons to incite the fighting of wars. All of those forces have caused the world to come to ruin and led all to tremble with fear — so terrified that their hair stands up on end. Still, the demonic forces find it necessary to come up with many new types of weapons. If we were called on to confront them, there’s no way we Dharma practitioners could defeat them. That’s why we make supplication prayers to the Three Jewels, do the aspiration prayers, the offering prayers and the prayers of invocation.
(Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche)
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By Chatral Rinpoche (Author)
Chatral Rinpoche, the quintessential "hidden yogi," has been a legend in the Himalayan region for the past seventy years. Although he has never traveled to the West, his amazing story and teachings have gradually been infiltrating the Western Buddhist consciousness since Father Thomas Merton first met him in 1968 and famously remarked that he was "the greatest man I ever met." This is the first English-language book of this living legend; it includes his biography and autobiography, six of his essays, five prayers he composed, an exclusive interview, and sixteen pages of photos from throughout his life.
'Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche . . . is renowned throughout the Tibetan community, . . . a legendary adept who—like the great sages and hermits of the past—has spent much of his life in retreat, practicing meditation and granting teachings only sparingly to a few committed disciples. It is truly wonderful, therefore, that we now have this precious collection of his teachings and advice capably translated into English, enabling many more people to benefit from his boundless wisdom and compassion.'
(Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying)
'This little book is an inspiration of immense value to all serious practitioners of the Buddhadharma.'
(The Mirror Newspaper, published by the International Dzogchen Community of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu)
"Provides wonderful insight into the diversity of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition." —The Feminist Review
'Compassionate Action is a jewel. Chatral Rinpoche's teachings are clear, compassionate, and uncompromising. Compassionate Action is essential reading for Tibetan Buddhists and indeed for Buddhists of all schools.'
(Norm Phelps, author of The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights)
'Compassionate Action is a 'must-read' for anyone seeking to learn from this quintessential wise and holy man. . . . Highly recommended.'
'This book provides a series of inspiring insights into the beliefs of someone who has devoted more than eight decades to the intensive practice of Dharma and who has little time for the many ways in which people fool themselves-while at the same time caring passionately about their development towards an enlightened state.'
(Thar Lam journal)