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The Kalapa Court Celebrates a Joyful Children’s Day

Jetsun Yudra and Jetsun Drukmo share a playful moment on Children’s Day

Jetsun Yudra and Jetsun Drukmo share a playful moment on Children’s Day

by Sarah Sutherland, Regional Secretary to the Sakyong Wangmo
photos by the Kalapa Court

Children’s Day 2013 was an especially cheerful celebration at the Kapala Court in Boulder. With the Sakyong, Sakyong Wangmo and Jetsun Yudra looking on, Jetsun Drukmo and two young friends carefully yet playfully helped decorate the Children’s Day shrine in the Great Room. Amidst laughter and smiles, the girls added soft animals, colorful figurines and other decorations to the beautiful and sparkling three-tired shrine. The shrine also featured exquisite King and Queen dolls from Japan.

The Sakyong Wangmo, with Jetsun Yudra at her side, places the Queen next to the King doll on the Children’s Day shrine.

The Sakyong Wangmo, with Jetsun Yudra at her side, places the Queen next to the King doll on the Children’s Day shrine.

Jetsun Drukmo, Eloise Ladendorff and Opal Grimes seemed delighted to share the friendship of their families and the magic of Children’s Day together. At the end of the celebration, the Sakyong offered each girl a khata and a small gift of chocolate. It was the first celebration of its kind at the Boulder Court, and no doubt marked the beginning of a long and splendid tradition for the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo’s family.

Jetsun Drukmo places an offering on the Children’s Day shrine with help from Amanda Betzen.

Jetsun Drukmo places an offering on the Children’s Day shrine with help from Amanda Betzen.

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4 responses to “ The Kalapa Court Celebrates a Joyful Children’s Day ”
  1. Ellen Berger
    Jan 11, 2014
    Reply

    Wow. What a symbol to sprinkle water on the mirror. I used to work with kids and adults around issues of children with problems, and all of our adult projections took up 90% of the time.

  2. Linda V. Lewis
    Jan 6, 2014
    Reply

    I wonder if the Sakyong plans to do a Children’s blessing like his father used to do? I remember he used to sit on a chair in front of the shrine with a side table. On the table was a conch full of pure water and a juniper sprig (sprinkler). An assistant would hold a mirror in front of each child, and as the child looked in the mirror, the mirror would be sprinkled with water, symbolizing that the parents’ and others’ perceptions and projections of the child were purified. The child being already pure needed no sprinkling! Shambhala songs concluded the event. It was a wonderful community event which could happen in many places at any time of year.

  3. Jenny Warwick
    Jan 6, 2014
    Reply

    I love this! What beautiful girls and mother celebrating the winter joyfulness of Shambhala!

  4. Scott Forbes
    Jan 6, 2014
    Reply

    They look soo…perky and bright! I must admit, I miss them.


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