Welcome Home, Jetsun Yudra
The Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo invited the Halifax Shambhala leadership to welcome them and their new daughter, Jetsun Yudra, home to Kalapa Potrang, the Halifax Kalapa Court. It was an outdoor event and we were promised only a brief glimpse of Jetsun Yudra. I was delighted to attend this joyous greeting.
Saturday morning dawned bright and clear and a light dusting of snow had fallen overnight. The air was crisp and clean and the snow was brilliant white in the sunshine. It felt pristine and pure and just perfect for a princess to come home.
It was almost time for the family to arrive when it was announced that they would take a few moments to greet us outdoors and then proceed to their shrine room to make offerings and then to their private quarters. We would be invited in for tea and sweets and once his family was settled the Sakyong would join us for a short while. E Ma Ho! How wonderful!
Shortly after the announcement the Sakyong, Sakyong Wangmo, Jetsun Drukmo, Jetsun Yudra and other family members arrived and were greeted with waving khatas and smiling faces. We were simply overjoyed to see them!The Sakyong and Jetsun Drukmo got out of their car and waited on the step for the Sakyong Wangmo and Jetsun Yudra who joined them moments later. They stopped there for several minutes to greet everyone and introduce us to Jetsun Yudra. They radiated basic goodness and joy.
Once they went inside we followed and went into the great room where we were served hot tea and sweets; the perfect offering after being outside on a cold day. After a short while, the Sakyong joined us for tea and shared some stories from the last few days. My favorite was about Kerstin Martin, the midwife, and how skillfully she took command when everyone was wondering if it was time to go to the hospital. The Sakyong was clearly delighted as he described how Kerstin walked into the room and said “Your going NOW. Right now! Go!” How fortunate as Jetsun Yudra arrived very quickly once they got there.
As we left the Court a small group of us stopped outside to sing the Shambhala Anthem. As we sang we looked up to see the Sakyong watching us from a second floor window. The Sakyong Wangmo joined him and they watched and waved to us as we sang. It was a special moment during a very special day.
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