422 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Paljor, who was Jamyang Khyentse's secretary and personal assistant from the age of eighteen, was himself a great practitioner and yogin; and my mother, Tsering Wangmo, who has always urged me onward and encouraged me in my work. My gratitude goes too to my brother, Thigyal, and my sister, Dechen, for all their help and loyalty. Let me express here my gratitude to the country of Sikkim and its people, the late King, the Queen Mother, the late Crown Prince Tenzin Namgyal, the present King Wangchuk, and all the royal family, as well as Professor Nirmal C. Sinha, former director of the Sikkim Research Institute. Someone who was always a great source of inspiration and encouragement to me, and especially in this book, was David Bohm, to whom I would like to express my gratitude. I also wish to thank a number of other scientists and scholars, especially Dr. Kenneth Ring, an old friend of mine; Dr. Basil Hiley; and Geshe Thubten Jinpa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's translator, who very kindly read through parts of this book, andoffered their advice. I would like to thank Tenzin Geyche Tethong, H.H. the Dalai Lama's secretary; Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, Special Envoy of H.H. the Dalai Lama and President of the International Campaign for Tibet; and Konchog Tenzin, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's secretary and attendant, for their help. My thanks also go to my friend Andrew Harvey, a wellknown and very gifted writer, for the dedicated, impassioned, and selfless way in which he has shaped this book and helped the majesty of the teachings to shine through the words with radiant simplicity and brilliance. He offers his work to his own masters: to Thuksey Rinpoche, whom I remember well as someone who positively radiated with love, and who looked on me with so much affection that I have always longed to repay his kindness; and to Mother Meera and her work of harmony between all religions in the world. I thank Patrick Gaffney for his unfailing patience, his devoted perseverance, his ardor, and the sacrifices he has made to see this book through its many transformations over many years. He is one of my oldest and closest students; and if anyone were to understand my mind or my work, it is him. This book is as much his book as mine, for without him I cannot imagine that it would have been possible. I would like to dedicate this work to his own spiritual development, and to the happiness of all beings. I am grateful to Christine Longaker for all the invaluable insights she has shared with me from her long experience of
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 423 helping the dying, and teaching on death and dying. I must salute also Harold Talbott, one of my first Western friends and students, as well as Michael Baldwin, for their dedication in helping establish the teaching of Buddha in the West, and for the encouragement they have always given me. At Harper San Francisco, I should like to thank Amy Hertz, Michael Toms, and all the staff for their priceless and enthusiastic assistance with this book. I would like to take this opportunity also to thank Philip Philippou, Dominique Side, Mary Ellen Rouiller, Sandra Pawula, Doris Wolter, Ian Maxwell, Giles Oliver, Lisa Brewer, Dominique Cowell, Sabah Cheraiet, Tom Bottoms, and Ross Mackay for their continuous help and dedication, and John Cleese, Alex Leith, Alan Madsen, Bokara Legendre, Lavinia Currier, Peter and Harriet Cornish, Robin Relph, and Patrick Naylor for their vision and support. I thank all my students and friends who in a way have been like teachers to me, who have shared this book at every stage of its making, and who have put up with me with their deep devotion. They are a constant source of inspiration to me. My gratitude goes to those too who have truly worked with these teachings and put them into practice, especially those who are caring for the dying and bereaved, and who have contributed many useful insights to this book. I am moved by the efforts of all my students in trying to understandand apply the teachings, and I pray that they will be successful. I have done my best here to convey the heart of the teachings, and for whatever is missing, whatever imprecision or errors there may be, I ask the reader's indulgence, and pray that my masters and the protectors of the teachings forgive me!