I am deeply grateful to Dudjom Rinpoche's family: his wife,

Sangyum Kusho Rikzin Wangmo, for her kindness and understanding,

and his son and daughters, Shenphen Rinpoche,

Chime Wangmo, and Tsering Penzom, for their constant support.

For their warm and generous help, I would like to thank

too both Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, whose work has inspired

parts of this book, and Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, who

has been so instrumental in bringing the teachings and the

greatest teachers to the West.

Among the younger generation of masters, I must single

out Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, the "activity emanation"

of my master Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö. The

brilliance and freshness of his teaching continue to fascinate

me and fill me with great hope for the future. Likewise I

should like to thank, for his wonderful and spontaneous help,

Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, who is the heir to Dilgo Khyentse

Rinpoche, and who received teachings from him continuously

from the age of five.

I am always moved and encouraged too by a master who

is very close to my heart, whose work and mine are one:

Dzogchen Rinpoche. Having now reconstructed the famous

Dzogchen Monastery with immense vitality in southern India,

he has already taken on, in his learning and the dazzling

purity and natural simplicity of his presence, the bearing of the

great master he will be in the future.

A number of masters have answered in detail certain specific

questions about the teachings presented in this book:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche, Dzongsar

Khyentse Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, and Alak Zenkar Rinpoche.

To them I am deeply grateful. I would like to express my gratitude

as well to Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, for his friendship over

the years, his kind and constant help to both my students and

myself, and his wonderful translation work, which includes

the translation of this book into Tibetan.

I wish to thank and salute the pioneers of the Buddhist

teachings, those masters of different traditions whose work

has for decades brought help to so many people in the West. I

think especially of Suzuki Roshi, Chögyam Trungpa, Tarthang

Tulku, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

I would like also to thank my mother and my late father

for their support, and all the help they have given me to

accomplish what I have done so far: my late father, Tsewang

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