Always Be Grateful to Your Teachers
All of us should be grateful to our teachers because they are amongst the most influential people in our lives. In 1995, Khenpo Sodargye accompanied His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche on a visit to Singapore. When those memories of his beloved teacher come up for him, his feelings of gratitude and happiness mixed with loss are difficult to express.
This is my third visit to Singapore. The first time I came here was with His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche in 1995 and now he has left us. Listening to our host speaking, I feel a little heavy in my heart. When I arrived in Singapore yesterday I experienced an indescribable feeling. My guru was very good to me. I owe everything I have today to my venerable guru. All of you students here should remember that you owe all the knowledge you have to your teachers. When our teachers leave us, we cannot express our feelings in words and cannot repay them our debt of gratitude.
When in Singapore I saw the beautiful flowers in the gardens, I couldn’t describe the feelings I had. I was very young when I came here with my guru. We spent about one month with scholars and Buddhists, exchanging views and giving speeches. But now my guru has left this world. No matter how hard I try, I cannot put my feelings into words.