The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

362 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGspecifically for all those implicated in the care of the dying:families, doctors, nurses, clergy of all denominations, counselors,psychiatrists, and psychologists.There is a whole, rich, as yet far too little known body ofmedical revelations in Tibetan Buddhism, as well as propheciesby Padmasambhava, concerning in detail the diseases of thisage. I would like to make a strong plea here for funding to bepoured into serious research of these astonishing teachings.Who can say what healing discoveries might not be made,and how the anguish of diseases such as cancer and AIDS,and even those that have not yet manifested, might not bealleviated?So what is it I hope for from this book? To inspire a quietrevolution in the whole way we look at death and care forthe dying, and so the whole way we look at life and care forthe living.While this book was being written, my great master DilgoKhyentse Rinpoche left his body on Friday, September 27,1991, in Thimphu, Bhutan. He was eighty-two years old andhad spent his entire life in the service of all beings. Who ofany of those who saw him will ever forget him? He was ahuge, glowing mountain of a man, and his majesty wouldhave been overwhelming had there not always emanated fromhim the most profound calm and gentleness and rich, naturalhumor, and that peace and bliss that are the signs of ultimaterealization. For me and for many others he was a master ofthe accomplishment and importance and grandeur of Milarepa,of Longchenpa, of Padmasambhava, even of the Buddha himself.When he died, it was as if the sun had gone out of thesky, leaving the world dark, and a whole glorious age ofTibetan spirituality had come to its close. Whatever the futureholds for us, I am certain none of us will ever see anyone likehim again. Just to have seen him once, even for a moment, Ibelieve, is to have had sown in you a seed of liberation thatnothing will ever destroy, and that will one day flower completely.There were many astonishing signs before and after DilgoKhyentse Rinpoche's death that witnessed his greatness, butthe one that shook and moved me most happened more thanfour thousand miles away, in southern France, in a place calledLerab Ling, near Montpellier, which is going to be dedicated tothe creation of a retreat center under his blessing. Let one of

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