considered as his main Tsawai Lama (Root Guru).

Rinpoche's Style in the Spreading of the Dharma
Rinpoche has been active for the preservation and the propagation of the Buddhist Dharma using his "non-sectarian" (Remay) approach since 1981. His first tour was to Southeast Asia in 1981, and then later to Hong Kong in 1982. By 1984, he went further to other countries, including Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia and then to the West. To this very day, Rinpoche has countless disciples all over the world, and he is considered as one of the most promising and highly-acclaimed great Masters of the younger generation Rinpoches.

Rinpoche has a very special style of his own in transmitting the Buddhist Dharma to the general populace. Employing an approach of using the secular media, such as modern arts, classical music, film-making and a humorous style of teaching, Rinpoche can bring back home important messages from the Buddhist Dharma to the common people. Indeed, Rinpoche has evolved a very lively and penetrating approach of his own, which is of particular relevance to the challenges of contemporary living.

Furthermore, Rinpoche can bring to light on the difficult concepts and meanings of the Dharma with a totally new and contemporary interpretation. For example, when trying to

Photo 2.24: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

explain the important classic of "Bodhisattvacharyavatara" by Shantideva, Rinpoche used the method from the Chinese Sun Tzu's "Art of War" and Ven. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's "Shambhala" in order to present it in a contemporary style that common people can easily understand. This, Rinpoche called it as the "Art of Enlightened War": Life with sufferings is a "battlefield"; Dharma practitioners are like "warriors", because Bodhisattvas have the courageous mind and a strong sense of mission to bring people to the land of eternal peace; the five poisons are our major "enemies" that we have to reckon with in this battlefield; discipline, that is, total involvement is most essential in order to be trained as a warrior; and finally one needs wisdom, for without it the warrior is completely blind, and will not be able to fight the enemies in order to win out in this battlefield at the end of the day.

Rinpoche emphasizes that it is most important to put one's practice into day-to-day living. People tend to practice the Dharma away from their daily life, but to Rinpoche, 'One human being can be Hinayana practitioner, Mahayana practitioner, Vajrayana practitioner and at the same time a business man, a waitress, a typist or whatever.' His style is direct, sincere, humble, fearless in giving penetrating insights, and dares to speak out on things which others dare not; he is, indeed, very "non-traditional" by always breaking down all kinds of barriers, including the basic concepts and principles of Tibetan Buddhism, the various pitfalls of practices, and even his own dignity and pride. The followings are a few excerpts from his teachings:- 'Nowadays there are many people who called themselves Gurus, and offer many

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