Here is the message that Rinpoche has sent out to the Australian Sangha:
"I'm sure by now you have heard that I had an operation, and some parts of my body have been removed – the gallbladder. I know nothing about this, although I heard it's not that useful a part of the body anyway. But according to Chinese medicine, this might now make me more timid and indecisive. From my point of view this is good. I need to be timid, as I'm too arrogant. And if I'm not decisive, it might help to reduce the number of people asking me to make decisions for their lives. But I have the vague feeling that I might still go on bluffing as always.I'm sure many of you have been concerned and frustrated at times. I'm sorry I have been unable to inform you clearly. We didn't know ourselves until the last minute. Such is the case with illnesses and body-related situations. Now I'm very well and the doctors have told me to rest a lot, so that's what I'll have to do. I advise all of you not to aspire to become Rinpoches in this life or the next life, as being public property in this situation is very difficult. Almost all the high lamas were involved in what to do, what not to do, when to operate, and everything that was going on.Anyway, the operation has been successful. I survived. And it's all thanks to all my gurus, and the prayers around the world. Your prayers have really helped, and I'm not just saying this as nice words. When I woke from anaesthesia, I went through a long experience of half sleep and half dream, and I had lots of semi-dream semi-visions of all your prayers. I even heard them and I could almost see them manipulating the situation. Now I owe you a lot for this. I have so much karmic debt with you. My superstitions have become so much worse, not least because the Tibetan astrologers have been saying it's my bad year, and this has kind of come true.But also my trust in karma has become much stronger because of your prayers and the gurus' blessings I have observed manipulating the situation amazingly. Sometimes seemingly negatively, at times very positively, and the outcome is just what it should be. Many people have spent energy and money to release lives and do prayers. I'll dedicate the merit and I would like to thank you for all that. Some people here pronounced my condition "gold bladder stone," and I thought maybe I had some gold in my stomach and maybe this would be perfect for the economic situation. But then I realised it was just a useless stone that came out, and economically it is not that exciting.Again, I thank you, everyone, for putting all your energy into this. I also consider that I'm fortunate that this happened here in Australia, as the situation here is good, and the medical staff in Brisbane have been very helpful. They have let us do whatever we want. [...]"
LONG-LIFE SUPPLICATION FOR DZONGSAR KHYENTSE RINPOCHE
Skull-Garland Lotus Heruka, conqueror of Maras,
Whose deathless natural wisdom mind had transformed
The root of existence into great vajra bliss,
Subjugator of apparent phenomena, please shower the blessings of
Fearless lord of speech,
You are the vajraholder of the profound secret treasures of wisdom and
Victorious one of all-pervading activity,
May your three secrets remain indestructible and everlasting.
As vowed by Vimalamitra and king Trison Detsen
To constantly manifest out of compassion,
You came as a warrior to protect the doctrine and all beings in this dark
May you remain forever as the unchanging vajra essence.
May the virtuous seed of this supplication,
Warmed and moistened by the undeceiving two truths,
Ripen into a splendid fruit
That beautifies the three worlds with utmost auspiciousness.
Requested by Drukchen Dungse Rinpoche, Mipham Ngawang Dechen Gyume and
Chadral Sangye Dorje on the tenth day of the fifth month at Gung monastery
in Darjeeling. [Composed by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche.]