Masters Series: The Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche
Patrul Rinpoche, Orgyen Jigme Chökyi Wangpo (1808–1887), was an enlightened master and one of the most illustrious spiritual teachers of the nineteenth century. As a wandering practitioner in the ancient tradition of vagabond renunciants, he was revered in Tibetan history for his wanderings, teachings and scholarship. As an author he shared the Buddhist teachings in ways that all levels of practitioners could understand. As a wanderer, Patrul Rinpoche, spent much of his life roaming mountains, caves, forests, and remote hermitages. Occasionally, he would seek shelter at unsuspecting students houses. As one who shied away from attention, he left patrons houses and towns when they discovered the truth of who he was. In the quiet of the wilderness, he cultivated bodhichitta through his meditation and wished for all beings to be free of suffering. Patrul advocated for simplicity in living, free of extraneous matter. His life was as inspiration.
Mindfulness, Yoga and nature have played an important role throughout Kevan Gale’s life. Influenced at an early age, Kevan was first introduced to yoga by his Aunt and Uncle while they lived in the United States before moving to India where they created a 350-acre wildlife sanctuary.
As a US Trustee of SAI (Save Animal Initiative) Sanctuary, Kevan continues to work closely with his Aunt sharing both yoga and their love of nature. Kevan’s grandmother also played an important role in his life, imparting in him her Native American roots and respect for Mother Earth. This early introduction to the natural world led Kevan to pursue degrees in Environmental Sciences and later a career in environmental consulting that spanned 12 years.
Kevan had the good fortunate of meeting his current teacher Khenpo Lama Migmar, Harvard University Buddhist Chaplain, who he has studied with for over 15 years. He left consulting to fully dedicate his time to yoga, mindfulness and Buddhist teachings. He owns Fluid Yoga and Stil Studio in Dedham MA where he shares the path of yoga and mindfulness. Additionally, Kevan teaches mindfulness at Northeastern University where he is currently working in collaboration with Dr. Dudley to expand the host of offerings to mindfulness students.