The Sakyong Wangmo shares appreciation for precious events
As I reflect from the Kalapa Court on recent events, I’m filled with appreciation for the ceremonies, celebrations and culture we all share as Shambhalians.
One of the most special and powerful events was the consecration of the Shambhala lineage thangka at the Boulder Shambhala Center with the Sakyong presiding over the ceremonies. It was the first opportunity for the Shambhala community to practice with the lineage thangka.
In addition, we were especially fortunate to have the Sakyong perform two pujas over two days at the Kalapa Court for the benefit of all Shambhala. The first was a Medicine Buddha puja to strengthen physical and emotional health and dispel obstacles to well being. Many people attended but even those who could not attend were acknowledged as each name was read aloud.
The next day, again with the diligent and cheerful assistance of Lama Pegyal and Lama Gyurme Dorje, the Sakyong performed the Gesar Dorje Tsegyal puja of enrichment. This powerful puja invokes Gesar as Dorje Tsegyal to bring about prosperity and success in whatever areas of our lives we wish to enrich. Like the Medicine Buddha puja, the Dorje Tsegyal puja is intended for all Shambhalians, enriching our aspirations so that our lives are meaningful and have a positive impact on the world. We are all so fortunate to receive the blessings of these powerful pujas, with their benefit radiating out from the Court and into our lives and the lives of others.
With the energy at the Court strong and good, we gathered again the following afternoon for a springtime celebration of Shambhala lineage and culture and to celebrate Jetsun Dzedron’s first birthday. I was especially happy that my sister, Semo Palmo, and her husband Alan Goldstein could attend these events. In keeping with tradition, Semo Palmo and Alan offered Jetsun Dzedron a magnificent golden Gesar rupa designed according to the mind terma of His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche. This tradition of offering each of our children a special Gesar rupa on their first birthday is something the Sakyong and I treasure. Also according to tradition, the Sakyong presented Jetsun Dzedron with a calligraphy and poem celebrating her birthday.
It’s amazing to see that Jetsun Dzedron is already a year old. I feel so happy and fortunate to be her mother and to share the privilege of raising a family with the Sakyong. I also take great delight in the love and affection Jetsun Drukmo, Jetsun Yudra and Jetsun Dzedron all share. Jetsun Drukmo and Jetsun Yudra are alternately protective and playful with Jetsun Dzedron, and enjoy every minute of being her big sisters.
I feel so fortunate to have this path of parenthood, for it’s a wonderful opportunity to practice love and kindness as well as exertion and discipline, which is both challenging and rewarding.
As children and families flourish in our community, so too will our community flourish. May the strength of our sangha and the blessings of our lineage bring benefit to the world.
The Sakyong Wangmo, Dechen Chöying Sangmo