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The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

364 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYING

across all limitations of time or space. Believe in the level of

his attainment and call upon him with your whole heart, and

you will find that he will be with you instantly. How could

he, who loved all beings with such a perfect love, ever abandon

us? And where would he go to, who had become one

with everything?

How fortunate we were that a master such as he, who

embodied all that the Tibetan tradition was, should be with us

for thirty years after the fall of Tibet, and teach in the

Himalayas, in India, in Europe, in Asia, in the United States.

How fortunate we are to have hundreds of hours of tapes of

his voice and his teachings, many videos that convey something

of the majesty of his presence, translations into English

and other languages of some of the rich outpourings of his

wisdom mind. I think in particular of the teachings he gave in

the south of France near Grenoble in the last year of his life,

when, gazing out toward the valley and the mountains, in a

setting of almost Tibetan grandeur, he granted the transmission

of the most important Dzogchen teachings to 1,500 students,

many of them, which gave me particular joy, students of mine

from all over the world. A number of the masters present felt

that through this act in the last year of his life, Dilgo Khyentse

Rinpoche was placing his seal definitively on the coming of

these teachings to the West, and blessing their reception with

the accumulated power of lifetimes of meditation. For my

part, I felt, with amazed gratitude, that he was giving his

blessing also to all that I had been trying to do for the teachings

in the West over the years.

To think of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and of what he has

done for humanity is to find gathered and displayed in one

person the greatness of the gift Tibet is giving to the world.

It has always seemed to me far more than a coincidence

that Tibet fell finally in 1959, just at the moment when the

West was about to open its heart and mind to the traditions

of Eastern wisdom. So just at the moment when the West

was receptive, some of the deepest teachings of that tradition,

which had been preserved in the pure solitude of the mountain

land of Tibet, could be given to humanity. It is vital now,

at all costs, to preserve this living tradition of wisdom, which

the Tibetan people have suffered immeasurably to make available

to us. Let us remember them always in our hearts, and

let us all, also, work to see that their land and its traditions are

returned to them. These great teachings I have shared with

you cannot be practiced openly by the very people who

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