Chatral Rinpoche, one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the past century, passed away on December 31, 2015. He was a personal teacher to Reting Rinpoche, who discovered the 14th Dalai Lama’s incarnation and served as the Regent of Tibet. Chatral Rinpoche was also a teacher to many other great practitioners. Despite all his fame, he strictly lived a hermit’s life, preferring to live alone despite the dismay of many practitioner’s seeing his advice.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche had this to say about Chatrul Rinpoche’s passing:

In my limited life I have seen very few anti-hypocritical beings, and he was one of them. He meant business, there was no negotiation, and of course he never traded one single word of the dharma for money. Time and again, he refused to bow down to the mighty.

He made a lot of us hypocritical beings shudder. Just knowing he was alive and breathing somewhere between Siliguri and Pharping made our hearts quake. Even though we never got to see him, especially towards the end of his life – and I myself was refused an audience 20 times or more – his mere presence on this earth shattered hypocrisy.

To express our homage, veneration and supplication, may we disciples of this man keep in our lives the practice of freeing living beings, such as releasing fish, and especially so within this month.

To read a more extensive biography about Chatral Rinpoche, click here.