there to deepen whatever understanding I have and to give it

eloquence. As the years went by, he took on more and more

the role of teacher for me, with the personal attention and

advice he gave me so freely, and with his gentle, unending

kindness. Increasingly, when I have thought of "the master,"

my mind has turned to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and he

became for me the embodiment of the entire teaching, a real

living Buddha.

These great masters continue to move me and guide me

always, and not a day goes by that I do not remember them

and their unrepayable kindness, and talk about them to my

students and friends. I pray that something of their wisdom,

compassion, and power, and their vision for humanity, may

live through the pages of this book they have so inspired.

Nor shall I ever forget my uncle Gyalwang Karmapa, who

showed me such special affection from my childhood on, and

the very thought of whom moves me to tears. I often think

too of the great Kalu Rinpoche, the Milarepa of our times,

who gave me enormous encouragement through his belief in

me, and in the warmth and respect with which he treated me.

I would like to acknowledge here as well the debt of inspiration

I owe to other great teachers, such as His Holiness

Sakya Trizin, a close friend from my childhood, who has been

my teacher and yet also like a brother, encouraging me at

every turn. I give my deep thanks to Dodrupchen Rinpoche,

who is a constant guide, especially on this book, and a source

of refuge to me and to all of my students. Some of the most

precious moments over recent years have been spent with

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, with whom I had the great good

fortune to clarify the teachings in the light of his seemingly

limitless learning and wisdom. Two other outstanding and

eminent masters who have been special springs of inspiration

to me are Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Trulshik Rinpoche, and

I must thank also the very learned Khenpo Appey and Khenpo

Lodrö Zangpo, who played such an important part in my

studies and education. Nor will I ever forget Gyaltön

Rinpoche, who showed me such kindness after my master,

Jamyang Khyentse, had passed away.

I wish to pay special tribute to the encouragement and

marvellous vision of Penor Rinpoche, an outstanding master

who works tirelessly to maintain the unbroken transmission

of the rich tradition of teachings that come directly from


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