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Brett Blyler

I have so many fond memories of Rinpoche which bring a smile to my face. One in particular I can envision so clearly that it makes me laugh out loud! We were on a road trip in Asheville, NC where Rinpoche had planned speaking engagements. Our group had stopped by a local park to eat lunch. We had been given specific dietary instructions for him by his attendants -- to which we adhered. I was following a pretty restricted diet myself, but the things I could eat Rinpoche could not. The look of boyish delight when he saw what was on my plate was priceless! As soon as his attendants were distracted, he began sneaking the food off my plate. He was so thrilled! I was both concerned about providing something he wasn't supposed to eat and tickled with how happy he was! He ate virtually my entire lunch and was so pleased with himself! Over the course of the trip, we had some terrific laughs about it. I will never forget his wonderful smile and infectious laugh!

-Brett Blyler