Campassionate Action by Chatral Rinpoche

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Beware of fake teachers using the name of Chatral Rinpoche.

Chatral Rinpoche never gave permission to use his name to promote any Dharma centre in Taiwan or any Western country.

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Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche | T. khro rgyal rdo rje | (1913 - 2015 )

Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, also known as Chetul Sangye Dorje*, was one of the few living disciples of the great master Khenpo Ngagchung and is widely regarded as one of the most highly realized Dzogchen (Zogpachenpo) 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.

Chatral Rinpoche was the heart disciple and Vajra Regent of the late Dudjom Rinpoche and the chief lineage holder for three main traditions in the Nyingma School: Dudjom Tersar, Sera Khandro and Longchen Nyinthig and in particular the lineage that descends through Jigme Lingpa's heart son Jigme Gyalwe Nyugu and then on to Patrul Rinpoche (see video).

His greatness was first revealed in the 1930's when his root teacher Khenpo Ngawang Palzang, author of A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher, told a large assembly that "his realization is no different from mine." On the recommendation of his teacher, he became the head spiritual master for Regent Reting, the political ruler of Tibet, in 1947. The huge amount of attention drawn to him through this prestigious position was a distraction for his practice, and he soon retreated back to the mountains where he spent the next several years in solitary meditation until he reached the highest state of realization. This is how he acquired the name "Chatral" meaning "hermit".He traveled from Tibet to Bhutan in 1958 and constructed the first Longchen Nyinthig retreat center outside of Tibet a year later in Sikkim. He

Rinpoche was a ngakpa who has consistently shunned institutional and political involvement, choosing instead whenever possible to live the life of a wandering yogi ceaselessly working to overturn samsara for all sentient beings. For many years in Tibet, Chatral Rinpoche meditated alone in caves and was renowned as a realized yogi. From the outset Rinpoche chose whenever possible always to walk on foot, declining the use a horse. He preferred always to stay in caves, hermitages or in a small tent, never wishing to accept the invitation of wealthy patrons to stay in the their house. Until his paranirvana he stayed
in his own small place in Parphing Nepal near a sacred site of Guru Padmasambhava who founded Buddhism in Tibet. He was married to Kamala and had two daughters, Tara Devi and Saraswati.
Although he had 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."

Opponent of meat eating
During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism.

He says:
If you take meat, it goes against the vows one takes in seeking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Because when you take meat you have to take a being’s life. So I gave it up.
Source: Compassionate Action, chapter 2 [download PDF- 145 KB]

Meat, the sinful food, is not permitted according to the three vows: the vows of individual liberation, the Bodhisattva vows and the tantric vows. Thus Buddha stated: “I have never approved, do not approve, and will never approve of a meat diet.” He declared: “my followers must never eat meat.”
Source: Compassionate Action, chapter 3 [download PDF- 183 KB]

Rinpoche considered that becoming a vegetarian can be a gradual path. Many of his students do not eat meat, fish and egg, nor drink alcohol, but some of them do.
There are lamas who eat meat and those who don’t. At my monastery in Tibet there are also lamas who take meat and those who don’t.
Source: Compassionate Action, chapter 2 [download PDF - 145 KB]

Chatral Rinpoche also released large amounts of fish** from the Calcutta fish markets every year (see video recording 2002 and video recording 2004). Rinpoche composed a song about this practise of saving lives, tsethar (Ch: fangsheng): Benefits of Saving Lives [download PDF- 116 KB]

Fake teachers and students using Rinpoche's name
Unfortuntely the last fiveteen years there are people in Taiwan and in the USA who misuse the great reputation of Chatral Rinpoche even to the extend that they built a Dharma centre and advertise this centre with the name of Rinpoche. Chatral Rinpoche never gave permission to use his name to promote any Dharma centre in Taiwan or any Western country. Best is to avoid Dharma centres or teachers from Taiwan or any Western country promoting themselves using Rinpoche's name. See the
declaration by Chatral Rinpoche regarding misuse of his name plus advice as published at Dudjomba.Org.

High resolution picture of Chatral Rinpoche
• For more information on the lineage, please see The Yangsis of HH Dudjom Rinpoche.
• Regarding tshetar see also Lama Kunzang Drojee

The French translation of Tsethar Phan-yon (The Benefits of Saving Lives)

* Within the FWBO also addressed as Chetrul Sangye Dorje.
** Please note that Chatral Rinpoche releases native fish only. To avoid ecological destruction it is important not to release non-native species into any water.

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