420 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 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 Padmasambhava.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 421 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