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46 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYING

When I arrived I found that one of his first American students

was there, receiving some instruction. She was having a

very frustrating time, as there was no translator with English

good enough to translate teachings on the nature of mind.

When he saw me come in, Dudjom Rinpoche said: "Oh! You

are here. Good! Can you translate for her?" So I sat down and

began to translate. In one sitting, in the course of about an

hour, he gave an amazing teaching, one that embraced everything.

I was so moved and inspired there were tears in my

eyes. I realized that this was what Jamyang Khyentse had

meant.

Immediately afterward, I requested Dudjom Rinpoche to

give me teachings. I would go to his house every afternoon

and spend several hours with him. He was small, with a beautiful

and gentle face, exquisite hands, and a delicate, almost

feminine, presence. He wore his hair long and tied up like a

yogin in a knot; his eyes always glittered with secret amusement.

His voice seemed the voice of compassion itself, soft

and a little hoarse. Dudjom Rinpoche would sit on a low seat

covered with a Tibetan carpet, and I sat just below him. I will

always remember him sitting there, the late sun streaming in

through the window behind him.

Then one day, when I was receiving the teaching and practicing

with him, I had the most astounding experience. Everything

I had ever heard about in the teachings seemed to be

happening to me—all the material phenomena around us were

dissolving—I became so excited and stammered:

"Rinpoche ... Rinpoche ... it's happening!" I will never forget

the look of compassion on his face as he leaned down

toward me and comforted me: "It's all right... it's all right.

Don't get too excited. In the end, it's neither good nor bad ..."

Wonder and bliss were beginning to carry me away, but

Dudjom Rinpoche knew that although good experiences can

be useful landmarks on the path of meditation, they can be

traps if attachment enters in. You have to go beyond them

into a deeper and more stable grounding: It was to that

grounding that his wise words brought me.

Dudjom Rinpoche would inspire again and again the realization

of the nature of mind through the words of the teaching

he gave; the words themselves kindled glimpses of the real

experience. For many years, every day, he would give me the

instructions on the nature of mind known as the "pointing

out" instructions. Although I had received all the essential

training from my master Jamyang Khyentse like a seed, it was

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