IN THE TASK OF PRESENTING the teachings contained

in this book authentically, and yet in a way that reaches out

to modern minds, I have been continually inspired by the

example of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and by how he

embodies all the authenticity and purity of the tradition while

displaying an all-embracing openness to the modern world.

There are no words to express the depth of my gratitude to

him; he is a constant source of courage and inspiration not

only to the Tibetan people, but also to countless individuals all

over the world whose hearts have been moved and whose

lives have been transformed by his message. I have been told

that the connection I have with him stretches back over many

lives, and in the strength and closeness of the affinity I feel for

him, I somewhere know this to be true.

For their inspiration and their teachings, the essence of

which are this book, I thank every one of my masters, and I

offer it to them all. Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, who

recognized me and brought me up, gave me the ground and

the meaning of life; he gave me in fact the two most precious

things I have: devotion and understanding. His spiritual wife,

Khandro Tsering Chödrön, the foremost yogini in Tibetan

Buddhism, has, in her love and care, been truly like a master

to me as well; for me she is completely inseparable from

Jamyang Khyentse, and I only have to think of her to see his

majestic presence reflected in her. She is like a spiritual mother

to me: I feel always protected on account of her prayers and

her love, and I pray that she lives for many, many more years.

It was Dudjom Rinpoche who made flower those seeds of

understanding Jamyang Khyentse had sowed in me, through

his personal kindness and his teaching. The affection he

showed me was almost, I sometimes think, as though I had

been his own son. And then Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was


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