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

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364 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGacross all limitations of time or space. Believe in the level ofhis attainment and call upon him with your whole heart, andyou will find that he will be with you instantly. How couldhe, who loved all beings with such a perfect love, ever abandonus? And where would he go to, who had become onewith everything?How fortunate we were that a master such as he, whoembodied all that the Tibetan tradition was, should be with usfor thirty years after the fall of Tibet, and teach in theHimalayas, in India, in Europe, in Asia, in the United States.How fortunate we are to have hundreds of hours of tapes ofhis voice and his teachings, many videos that convey somethingof the majesty of his presence, translations into Englishand other languages of some of the rich outpourings of hiswisdom mind. I think in particular of the teachings he gave inthe south of France near Grenoble in the last year of his life,when, gazing out toward the valley and the mountains, in asetting of almost Tibetan grandeur, he granted the transmissionof the most important Dzogchen teachings to 1,500 students,many of them, which gave me particular joy, students of minefrom all over the world. A number of the masters present feltthat through this act in the last year of his life, Dilgo KhyentseRinpoche was placing his seal definitively on the coming ofthese teachings to the West, and blessing their reception withthe accumulated power of lifetimes of meditation. For mypart, I felt, with amazed gratitude, that he was giving hisblessing also to all that I had been trying to do for the teachingsin the West over the years.To think of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and of what he hasdone for humanity is to find gathered and displayed in oneperson the greatness of the gift Tibet is giving to the world.It has always seemed to me far more than a coincidencethat Tibet fell finally in 1959, just at the moment when theWest was about to open its heart and mind to the traditionsof Eastern wisdom. So just at the moment when the Westwas receptive, some of the deepest teachings of that tradition,which had been preserved in the pure solitude of the mountainland of Tibet, could be given to humanity. It is vital now,at all costs, to preserve this living tradition of wisdom, whichthe Tibetan people have suffered immeasurably to make availableto us. Let us remember them always in our hearts, andlet us all, also, work to see that their land and its traditions arereturned to them. These great teachings I have shared withyou cannot be practiced openly by the very people who

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