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It was one of the early Level Fives and there were a huge number of participants, mostly from the buddhist community, but there were a lot of new people there as well. As the Director of Shambhala Training, I was given the task of introducing Trungpa Rinpoche.
I got up in front of the full shrine room under Rinpoche’s watchful gaze, and found myself giving a really long and flowery and somewhat overdone introduction about who he was. Every once in a while, I glanced up at him and he looked thoroughly bored with what I was saying, like he was about to fall asleep.
Finally, I got to the end of my introduction and I turned towards him and said, “Sir, on behalf of all the student warriors assembled here, I respectfully request you to turn the wheel of the Shambhala dharma.”
As if opening his eyes from a nap, he looked at me and said,
“Turn it yourself.”