Brilliant Moon (Google books forward)


Some excerpts from Sogyal Rinpoche's Forward to 'Brilliant Moon' an (auto)biography of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


"Simply to be in Khyentse Rinpoche's presence transformed your mind, so much so that your whole perception and experience of the environment changed. Things and events appeared differently, even circumstances began to change. Around him, everything became heavenly, almost a paradise. Wherever Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was became like the palace of lotus light in Guru Rinpoche's pure realm, the Copper-Colored Mountain of glory."


"...greatest contribution, beside all his tremendous achievements, was the simple fact that he came and lived and taught in our time. An enlightened being actually manifested here and displayed his activity, and we were fortunate enough to witness it. As we will see in the pages that follow, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was a miracle in himself, and his accomplishments, every bit as extraordinary as those of his predecessor Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo or his master Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, were clearly the activities of an enlightened being."

"Both in his spiritual realization and in his physical appearance and build, he was larger than life. In every sense there was something universal, even superhuman, about him, so much so that at one stage the young incarnate lamas he looked after with such infinite and tender care would playfully call him "Mr. Universe.""


"Everyone who met him had a powerful experience, and just to have seen him once, even for a moment, I believe, is to have had sown in you a seed of liberation that nothing will ever destroy and that will one day flower completely. If you had such great good fortune, be sure to remember that experience, treasure it, and keep it in your mind, because it is the Khyentse Rinpoche within you. The memory itself is his blessing."

"Whenever I speak or think of him, I am filled with gratitude, amazement, and devotion-gratitude that someone like him came and showed us what he did; amazement that we were so fortunate to have known him; devotion because just to think of him is guru yoga, just to gaze at a photo of him is to reawaken the view of the nature of the mind. For me there was no one who, by simply being the way he was, expressed the view of dzogchen as vividly as did Khyentse Rinpoche. Through his very presence, he communicated the essence, the spirit, and the truth of the Great Perfection."


"It's true that Khyentse Rinpoche's majesty would have been overwhelming had there not always emanated from him the most profound calm and gentleness, a rich, natural humor, and the peace and bliss that are the signs of ultimate realization".

"Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche said, "Whatever he did was perfection of its kind. Even the way he walked into the hall showed this quality."


"Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche once said', "If Buddha Shakyamuni were alive, he would look like Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche."


"When devotion is aroused, all your ordinary thoughts and emotions cease, laying bare the innermost nature of your mind. If you think of the lama, or even just hear his name, that feeling fills your mind, your ordinary being dissolves, and you enter into his being. So simply to think of him is to become one with him, in other words, one with all the buddhas. You are infused with his blessing and transformed, so that you begin almost to feel him within you. That moment is when pure perception has conquered your mind. And that is where you build your faith and your trust."

"I Feel that the only way for us to arrive at transcendence is by being uplifted like this through devotion, so that we receive the master's blessing. In fact, when the Vajrayana is called the direct or swift path, I sometimes think that this is what it must really mean. Khyentse Rinpoche said, "Devotion is the essence of the path, and if we have in mind nothing but the guru and feel nothing but fervent devotion, whatever occurs is perceived as his blessing. When all thoughts are imbued with devotion to the guru, there is a natural confidence that this devotion will take care of whatever may happen. All forms are the guru, all sounds are prayer, and all gross and subtle thoughts arise as devotion. Everything is spontaneously liberated in the absolute nature, like knots tied in the sky."


"Once he arrived at the airport in Hong Kong, where he was met from the plane with a wheelchair. Hundreds of people were waiting at the airport for their relatives and friends to arrive. They were all milling around and talking to one another, so there was quite a din. But the moment the automatic doors of the customs area parted and Khyentse Rinpoche appeared in the arrivals lounge, everyone instantly rose to their feet, although they had no idea who he was. They all fell silent and stood there, in awe. He possessed that enchanting charisma and magnetism."

"Thinking of the master, you are ushered into a different space-the essential nature of your mind, your buddha nature. And because it is the master who has revealed it to you and made that connection, you feel such enormous gratitude."


"The great Dzogchen Khenpo Shenga gave Khyentse Rinpoche the name Rabsel Dawa, "brilliant moon," as if to single out, among his remarkable qualities, his compassion, and to depict its cooling moonbeams dispelling the searing heat of suffering. For compassion and kindness marked Khyentse Rinpoche's every action toward anyone he met."

"On one hand, Khyentse Rinpoche's enlightened qualities were so self evident that no one could miss them, and on the other, he was forever humble, because he had tamed his mind and his whole being. He was always the same, stable and unchanging, his equanimity as steadfast as a mountain, his wisdom as endless as the sky, and his enlightened qualities as vast as an ocean."







Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche


"Khyentse Rinpoche thus became my spiritual master. When I started studying the scriptures, I found in him all the qualities they described for an authentic and realized master. After his death - the strength of his presence, far from vanishing, became increasingly all-pervading. I now realize how fortunate I was to have met someone like him and spent twenty fears of my life in his presence, as I lived with him since I was five years old, until his passing away, when I was twenty-five."


"...there was a blood clot on his knee that had to be removed, but the doctors couldn't give him anesthetics due to his age and heart condition. I went into the operating room with Khyentse Rinpoche; he was holding my hand and said, "Go ahead; cut it." So they started doing the operation without anesthetic and took out the blood clot, cutting the knee about three or four inches wide. I was amazed that Rinpoche's face. didn't show any pain; he was just smiling all the time. Rinpoche was so courageous, not crying in such pain but shedding tears when he talked about his teachers."


"Khyentse Rinpoche always placed great emphasis on the importance of mingling our mind with the Dharma and unifying the practice with daily life. He used to say, "It is not when things go well that you can judge a true practitioner. When adverse circumstances arise, then you can clearly see the shortcomings of someone's practice."