作個結語：我想要送一個禮物給堪仁波切，大家知道，我有個化名叫做Obi-Wan Kenobi （星際大戰中的角色）。今天我邀請堪仁波切來到台上，我請大家一起加入，來祈請：讓宇宙的力量與堪仁波切同在！
(宗薩欽哲仁波切將Jedi(絕地)勇士的武器—— lightsaber（光劍）贈與堪布。當宗薩欽哲仁波切說出祝福語：“ May the force be with you！”全場爆出如雷的掌聲中，堪仁波切接過了光劍。)
I would like to thank the directors not only for creating this opportunity but also giving me the chance to speak a few words.
Actually I am not the right person to do this. Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche needs no introduction. He speaks for himself. Even if you need an introduction, it should not be done by someone who is like me. I am found wearing very colorful clothes, hang around with colorful people in colorful places.
But I have requested to do this because I have some good reasons. In this degenerate time, the glory of the Buddha is dim. The weight of the Dharma is not felt. And I know that the Buddha said one should not depend on the person but on the truth. But the actual realization of the Dharma is invisible for most of us. The Script of the Dharma is too vast and deep and most of us are too lazy to comprehend and even pursue. Even though we know we should not rely on a person, we human beings have the habit to look up to something concrete or human as a role model. So teachers, masters, spiritual leaders are very important. And as for teachers, masters, lamas, we have no shortage. We have so many, much more than used T-shirts. This is an age when teenagers even have the name HH. Genuine upholder of the Dharma is so rare like a star of the daylight. The few that we have are not shining.
As the Buddha said, only an enlightened being can judge whether the other person is enlightened or not. So I cannot say really who is a perfect being or not. But we do have interest in Dharma practice – still we do even at this age – so naturally importance of the expounder of the Dharma becomes important. Even though as I said my lifestyle is colorful and often myself. Probably one good thing that I can boast about is I do know that I should worry about the survival of the Dharma. There is a reason to be concerned, a reason to be worried. In fact we should be in panic.
Of course, this alone is the blessing of my own masters who spent so much time and energy worrying about the survival of the Dharma. Under their blessing and guidance, I have learned not to just worry for my own backyard, Tibetan Buddhism, but I have learned to worry about Shingon Buddhism in Japan and Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It may not be constant, but I do at times worry. I also worry that there is nobody that worries. Even the lamas who are with gray hair and wrinkled hair, they don’t seem to worry. They may worry but they may worry only with their temples, or at best, their own lineage.
So I like to express it gives me so much hope for knowing that Khenpo Rinpoche exists on this earth, whose action has spoken louder than his words. And please, you should really make a big note about this. Coming from me, it means a lot, because I have no perception, I am very critical, and moreover, I am very arrogant. But I would like to say I have been observing. I have not received any teaching from Khenpo Rinpoche. I did try to listen to some recordings, but I gave up because his dialect is too strong for me. I have flipped through some of his books but these are not the real reasons.
I feel he is not just a teacher but he is actually a model. And I would like to express every teacher needs a teacher for himself. And Khenpo Rinpoche was groomed for years under the tutelage of one of the greatest beings, Jigme Phunstok Rinpoche. As many of you know, the present Rinpoche is also one of the undertaking khenpos, the administrative khenpo, of one of the most important seats, Serthar Larung. And here my impression of Serthar Larung is not because of so many monks and nuns there. I have observed what they do and what they have achieved. I have also observed how they spend their money and where they spend their money. I have also observed whether this institute is only producing some empty-headed scholars or are they really practicing practitioners.
Here I like to say we have a khenpo in front of us who is not a son of some rich, high, prestigious family. He is not the cousin or brother of some very important lama and he doesn’t have HH. And I would like to single out especially for the Chinese-speaking world such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, etc. that Khenpo Rinpoche speaks your language, which is such a precious thing. In my lifetime, even though Buddhism is growing in the West, I don’t see Buddhist Dharma taking a big percentage of America and Europe. Even the very birthplace of Buddhism in India is suffering when it comes to the flourishing of Buddha Dharma.
Buddhism has contributed a lot to the Chinese civilization in the past and I believe it still has a lot of role to play in this society. So for the Chinese-speaking world, it is such an opportunity for you to have a direct with Rinpoche.
So I like to request Rinpoche to take care of himself and to live long and to eat less butter.
To conclude this, I like to present something to Khenpo Rinpoche. My alias is Obi Wan Kenobi. And today I like to ......... And I would like everyone to join me "May the force be with him".
Rinpoche's teaching is not going to be translated into Tibetan, so I am going to leave.