Chödrön and Lama Chokden, Jamyang Khyentse's assistant

and master of ceremonies.

It was then that I experienced, in the most vivid way, the

truth of how a master can transmit the blessing of his wisdom

mind to a student. One day Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche gave a

teaching about devotion and about our master Jamyang

Khyentse, which was extraordinarily moving; the words

flowed from him in a torrent of eloquence and the purest spiritual

poetry. Again and again, as I listened to Dilgo Khyentse

Rinpoche and watched him, I was reminded in the most mysterious

way of Jamyang Khyentse himself, and how he had

been able simply to speak and pour out, as if from a hidden

inexhaustible source, the most exalted teaching. Slowly I realized,

with wonder, what had happened: the blessing of the

wisdom mind of Jamyang Khyentse had been transmitted

completely to his heart-son Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and was

now, before us all, speaking effortlessly through him.

At the end of the teaching, I turned to Khandro and

Chokden, and I saw tears streaming down their faces. "We

knew that Dilgo Khyentse was a great master," they said, "and

we know how it is said that a master will transmit the entire

blessing of his wisdom mind to his heart-son. But it is only

now, only today, only here, that we realize what this truly


Thinking again of that wonderful day in Sikkim, and of

those great masters I have known, these words of a Tibetan

saint that have always inspired me return to me: "When the

sun of fierce devotion shines on the snow mountain of the

master, the stream of his blessings will pour down," and I

remember the words of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche himself,

which express perhaps more eloquently than any other passage

I know the vast and noble qualities of the master:

He is like a great ship for beings to cross the perilous ocean of

existence, an unerring captain who guides them to the dry land of

liberation, a rain that extinguishes the fire of the passions, a bright

sun and moon that dispel the darkness of ignorance, a firm ground

that can bear the weight of both good and bad, a wish-fulfilling

tree that bestows temporal happiness and ultimate bliss, a treasury

of vast and deep instructions, a wish-fulfilling jewel granting all

the qualities of realization, a father and a mother giving their love

equally to all sentient beings, a great river of compassion, a mountain

rising above worldly concerns unshaken by the winds of emotions,

and a great cloud filled with rain to soothe the torments of

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