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Buddhadharma : Spring 2018
MATTHIEU RICARD 91 patRuL is upset anD DisappeaRs Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo had occasional differences of opin ion with Patrul—even calling him “that lunatic” on one occasion. Nonetheless, he admired Patrul very deeply. As an expression of his esteem, he composed a long devotional prayer in Patrul’s praise, recounting his life story. This lengthy prayer served as basis for the later biography Elixir of Faith, written by Khenpo Kunpel. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo sent his composition in a letter to Patrul along with some mendrup, a special edible substance made of medicinal plants mixed with many relics and consecrated during a weeklong ritual. Patrul was in the midst of giving teachings when he received Khyentse’s letter. People in the audience witnessed him taking some of the mendrup and reading the letter. Having read it, Patrul imme diately became upset and shouted, “That Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo is such a horrible lama!” Patrul suddenly stopped teaching, which was completely unlike him. He disappeared for several days. When he at last returned and was about to continue teachings, people learned what in the letter had so upset Patrul—it was Khyentse’s words of praise for Patrul. As Khyentse’s mendrup was distributed to all those present, Patrul praised Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s boundless good qualities. Patrul then pointed out that praise and fame posed real obstacles to those who teach dharma. He explained that, after he’d read Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s verses praising him, he needed time in order to reflect and make sure such lavish praise did not go to his head. One of the verses from this long poem of praise is widely used to this day: Outwardly, you are Shantideva, Bodhisattva; Inwardly, you are Shavaripa, Lord of Siddhas; Secretly, you are Avalokiteshvara himself, supreme self-liberation of suffering; Jigme Chökyi Wangpo, I supplicate you.