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Nov 22
Sakyong and Family
Shambhala Community Celebrates Sakyong’s Birthday

the Sakyong performs long life practice, photo by Brian Duncan

by Mark Whaley

As the worldwide Shambhala community celebrated the Sakyong’s birthday last week, the Sakyong Wangmo requested that a Tenshuk ceremony be performed for his long life and well-being. The traditional Tenshuk consists of offering a mandala as well as representations of body, speech, mind, quality, and action. The ceremony is performed as a request that the Sakyong remain firmly for a long time and that his teachings flourish.

On his birthday, the Sakyong conducted practices from morning until evening. He concluded with a traditional long-life empowerment for his mother, Lady Konchok, his family, and representatives of the Shambhala sangha. The Sakyong Ladrang, President Reoch, the Ripa Ladrang, representatives of the three pillars of Shambhala, along with center directors, Shambhala Europe, the Kalapa Patrons, and many other Shambhala groups then offered the Tenshuk to the Sakyong. He expressed how touched he was by the good wishes from all over the world.

It was a deeply moving and cheerful ceremony that allowed family members and the community to offer their heartfelt affection, love, and good wishes for his well-being and activities.

The Sakyong Wangmo stated it beautifully in her long-life aspiration:

As we celebrate the Sakyong’s birthday, I would like to ask you to join me in making aspirational prayers for his long life and wellbeing. It is on this day that we offer our gratitude, appreciation, and love to the protector, leader, and teacher of our worldwide Shambhala community. May his Buddha activity and courageousness continue to inspire us, may his wish to create enlightened society on this earth be fulfilled, and may he ever remain as the youthful and glorious Manjushri.


Lady Konchok, Lama Pegyal, and Lama Gyurme Dorje offer a mandala to the Sakyong, photo by Christoph Schoenherr

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