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A Celebratory Return to Boulder for Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche

Gesar Mukpo greets Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche outside the Boulder Shambhala Center. Photo by Marv Ross.

Last Wednesday, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche entered the Boulder Shambhala Center with the wry smile of a seventeen year old. Yet, during the tea and rice ceremony, his relaxed poise had an ancient air about it. Ah, the paradoxes in the life of a reincarnate lama… young and old at the same time, returning to places he has never been (at least, in this body) in order to re-establish connections with communities he made in his previous life.

The Boulder Shambhala Center was festooned with dignitaries for the occasion. Shechen Rabjam, the grandson of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse and tutor to Yangsi Rinpoche, arrived with the entourage and sat in the seat of honor below the Yangsi’s throne. Dzigar Kongtrul presided over the occasion with grace and aplomb, and his wife Elizabeth gave a moving salutation with reminiscences of Dilgo Khyentse.

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche at the Tea & Rice Ceremony. Photo by Marv Ross.

Gesar Mukpo offered a gift on behalf of the Shambhala community, gathered by the Sakyong Foundation in the weeks prior to Yangsi Rinpoche’s arrival. Also in attendance were Lady Konchok and Lama Pegyal as well as Acharyas Pema Chodron, Judith Simmer-Brown and Dale Asrael.

Representatives from dharma centers in the region, mostly Nyingma, had the opportunity to present khatas to welcome Yangsi Rinpoche.

Friday evening, the Boulder Theater glittered with brocade, long-life arrows and ritual implements. There Yangsi Rinpoche performed a long life empowerment from the Pema Tse Nyingtik, the terma of his predecessor. Tsoknyi Rinpoche, who has a center in Crestone, joined the other lamas on stage to first receive and then help bestow the empowerment to hundreds in attendance. Over the weekend, there were further transmissions from Rangjung Peme Nyingtik at Phuntsok Choling in Ward, the retreat center of Mangala Shri Bhuti, who hosted Yangsi Rinpoche’s visit to North America.

Children's Blessing with Yangsi Rinpoche. Photo by Marv Ross.

Children's Blessing with Yangsi Rinpoche. Photo by Marv Ross.

During his visit to Boulder, Yangsi Rinpoche also offered a children’s blessing at the Boulder Shambhala Center, where relics of Dilgo Khyentse were placed on display.

Thanks to Marv Ross for sharing photos of the tea & rice ceremony and children’s blessing.

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