I had lunch today at The Green Door vegetarian restaurant (an Ottawa stand-out) with my old Dharma friend Glenn Mullin. He was here visiting his brother and sister, waiting for his passport to cast off on a 25-city US teaching tour before heading back to Korea, Nepal, India, Tibet and points east.
That's Glenn in the grey jacket. We've known each other from back in the 1980s when I was coordinator for the Toronto Buddhist Federation and he was in town associated with Zasep Tulku's centre, Gaden Chöling. We'd see each other about once a month. Back when I was a student of Kalu Rinpoche in the 1970s, he was studying with Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama's tutors. He later went on to write about 30 books, many focusing on the Dalai Lama's lineage.
In 2011, we collaborated on a book by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche he had translated, the Rimey Lama Chopa: A Tibetan Rimey Tantric Feast, A Rite to Invoke the Supreme Nectar of Wisdom.
Here are details on the book...
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, at the request of Kyapje Trulshik Rinpoche, wrote this complete set of prayers, praises and Offering to the Masters of the lineage of the Eight Great Chariots of Accomplishments, integrated in a single text known as Invoking The Nectar Of Wisdom: Prayers, Praises and Offering [inspired by] the Remembrance of the Assembly of Supreme Beings from the Various Lineages of the Muni’s Teachings. The present Rimey Lama Chopa is that text.
Glenn's translation was first used on the most auspicious occasion of celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s birth, in February 2010, at Shechen Monastery in Nepal where over a hundred masters from the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism together with foreign disciples from twenty-five countries gathered for three days, practicing the Rimey Lama Chopa. The Venerable Matthieu Ricard, one of Dilgo Khyentse’s closest students, contributed a wonderful foreword to the Sumeru edition and provided a variety of personal photos from the Shechen Archive.
May it be dedicated to the temporary and ultimate benefit of all beings, and the long life of all the great masters of all lineages, more especially to those of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Yangsi, Orgyen Tendzin Jigme Lhundrup and His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of all Tibetans, who more than anyone in this century has succeeded in having the Rimey perspective and pure views not only towards all schools of Tibetan Buddhism but towards all major religions at large. May this be widely accepted as the norm by all genuine practitioners.
Half of the profits from sales of this book go to benefit the charity work of Shechen Monastery in Nepal.