1. Rinyoche, a term of respect meaning "Precious One," is given to

highly revered teachers in Tibet. It was widely used in the central

part of the country; but in eastern Tibet the title was held in such

esteem that it tended to be applied only to the greatest masters.

2. A bodhisattva is a being whose sole wish is to benefit all sentient

beings, and who therefore dedicates his or her entire life, work,

and spiritual practice to the attainment of enlightenment, in order to

be of the greatest possible help to other beings.

3. Jamyang Khyentse was also a leader, one who inspired movements

of spiritual change; in everything he did, he promoted harmony

and unity. He supported monasteries when they fell on hard

times; he discovered unknown practitioners of great spiritual attainment;

and he encouraged masters of little-known lineages, giving

them his backing so they were recognized in the community. He had

great magnetism and was like a living spiritual center in himself.

Whenever there was a project that needed accomplishing, he

attracted the best experts and craftsmen to work on it. From kings

and princes down to the simplest person, he gave everyone his

unstinting personal attention. There was no one who met him who

did not have their own story to tell about him.


1. This account follows Khandro Tsering Chödrön's memory of

Lama Tseten's death.

2. The name Lakar was given to the family by the great Tibetan

saint Tsongkhapa in the fourteenth century, when he stopped at their

home on his way to central Tibet from the northeastern province of


3. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Life in Relation to Death (Cottage

Grove, OR: Padma Publishing, 1987), 7.


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