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

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422 ACKNOWLEDGMENTSPaljor, who was Jamyang Khyentse's secretary and personalassistant from the age of eighteen, was himself a great practitionerand yogin; and my mother, Tsering Wangmo, who hasalways 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 Sikkimand its people, the late King, the Queen Mother, the lateCrown 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 andencouragement to me, and especially in this book, was DavidBohm, to whom I would like to express my gratitude. I alsowish to thank a number of other scientists and scholars, especiallyDr. 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 GeycheTethong, H.H. the Dalai Lama's secretary; Lodi Gyari Rinpoche,Special Envoy of H.H. the Dalai Lama and President of theInternational Campaign for Tibet; and Konchog Tenzin, DilgoKhyentse Rinpoche's secretary and attendant, for their help.My thanks also go to my friend Andrew Harvey, a wellknownand very gifted writer, for the dedicated, impassioned,and selfless way in which he has shaped this book and helpedthe majesty of the teachings to shine through the words withradiant simplicity and brilliance. He offers his work to his ownmasters: to Thuksey Rinpoche, whom I remember well assomeone who positively radiated with love, and who lookedon me with so much affection that I have always longed torepay his kindness; and to Mother Meera and her work ofharmony between all religions in the world.I thank Patrick Gaffney for his unfailing patience, hisdevoted perseverance, his ardor, and the sacrifices he hasmade to see this book through its many transformations overmany years. He is one of my oldest and closest students; andif anyone were to understand my mind or my work, it is him.This book is as much his book as mine, for without him Icannot imagine that it would have been possible. I would liketo dedicate this work to his own spiritual development, and tothe happiness of all beings.I am grateful to Christine Longaker for all the invaluableinsights she has shared with me from her long experience of

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