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Turquoise dragon meets Turquoise Princess

Art Gecko Studio dragonby Margaret Scott

What do Einstein and the Mukpo family’s newest addition have in common?

They were both born on March 14th. Both Pisces.

Welcome to Jetsun Yudra Lhamo Yangchen Ziji Mukpo. She appeared in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Year of the Snake to the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo. Her name means Turquoise Princess Thunder Melodious Lady of Brilliance. This is the second daughter for the Mukpo family. I’ll bet they’ve already got daddy wrapped around their little fingers. Long live girl power!

After participating in the Rigden Abhisheka in Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 2006, I wrote the original version of the following song and offered it as a gift to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche — who teaches children and adults alike — for granting me an interview held on April 15, 2006.

At the time, I wondered if I should offer it to others.

When I asked David Brown of Kalapa Court in April, 2007, he kindly replied that, “Having had the joy of reading the song myself, I thank you, and suggest you do offer it to others.”

He also offered the Sakyong’s view. “As he once said to me, (I paraphrase) “I don’t want Shambhala to become like China, where every part of our culture is directed from the top. I don’t want everyone to have to play one Shambhala national sport, like they play ping pong there!”

In his Treatise on Society and Organization, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche wrote:

“I have always encouraged both older and newer students to take initiative where they see fit, to jump in if it is truly beneficial, not to wait for the perfect conditions to come about, or for me to formally direct them or invite them to participate. It is not necessary for everyone to have specific instruction from me personally. When it rains, you don’t ask the clouds how to grow vegetables. You take the water and you grow vegetables. This is the notion of society. The role of the Sakyong is to provide space, to protect the space, so that the flowers can blossom. The sun does not pull the flowers up to the sky; the flowers grow, reaching toward heaven. If heaven is too close, the flowers will not exert themselves.”

I must also credit David for his suggesting the word “highlands” to replace my original word “forest” which might sound a little gloomy. I agreed. Forests could bring to mind Little Red Riding Hood and the big, bad wolf.

The song I wrote is sung to the tune of Old MacDonald Had a Farm.

I supplicate the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo and request that I may offer a children’s song to the latest addition to their family.

tiger The Rigden King had a castle in the highlands
KI KI SO SO KI
And in the east of the forest was a meek, humble tiger
KI KI SO SO KI
With a tiger’s growl here and a tiger’s growl there

Here a growl there a growl
Everywhere a growl growl.
The Rigden King had a castle in the highlands
KI KI SO SO KI

lion And in the north of the highlands was a perky lion
KI KI SO SO KI
With a lion’s roar here and a lion’s roar there
Here a roar, there a roar
Everywhere a roar roar.
The Rigden King had a castle in the highlands
KI KI SO SO KI

garuda And in the west of the highlands was a fearless garuda
KI KI SO SO KI
With a garuda’s shriek here and a garuda’s shriek there
Here a shriek, there a shriek
Everywhere a shriek shriek.
The Rigden King had a castle in the highlands
KI KI SO SO KI

dragon And in the south of the highlands was a turquoise dragon
KI KI SO SO KI
With a dragon’s thunder here and a dragon’s thunder there
Here a thunder, there a thunder
Everywhere a thunder thunder.
The Rigden King had a castle in the highlands
KI KI SO SO KI

Long may the Rigden King reign!

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