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Chronicles Radio Presents:

A talk by
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
to sangha children in Boulder
December 17, 1978

Listen to the talk.

This audio file is copyrighted material.
© 2005 Diana J. Mukpo and the Shambhala Archives. Used by permission of Mrs. Mukpo and the Archives.

We would like to thank the Shambhala Archives and Kalapa Recordings for preserving this recording and making it available.

In this talk we hear Chögyam Trungpa speaking with sangha children eight days before the first Children's Day in 1978. Rinpoche's brief talk and the discussion that follows are really quite wonderful for children and adults alike. The children are so sweet and intelligent and they elicit some very interesting comments from Rinpoche about his escape from Tibet, Jesus and other religious figures, depression, sitting practice and more.

Photograph by Michael Wood

Trungpa Rinpoche gave this talk to the children shown below
on December 17, 1978 — just eight days before the first Children's Day. Are you one of these "children?" Do you remember this talk? We'd love to hear from you.

Photograph from the Vajradhatu Sun, June July 1979.
Reprinted by permission of Shambhala Sun Magazine. Enlarge

A Children's Day album

Of all the cultural traditions initiated by Trungpa Rinpoche, perhaps none have been observed with more enthusiasm and consistency than Children's Day. "Dharma brats" and their parents have been decorating shrines and anticipating Children's Day morning for twenty-seven years. Chögyam Trungpa himself arranged the first shrine at the Kalapa Court in Boulder in 1978 (see Children's Day at the Kalapa Court). Since then, shrines have been set up and taken down year after year in hundreds of sangha households all over the world.

What does your shrine look like? Please send us a photograph. We'd also like to know about your family traditions. What is Children's day like in your home? Send your shrine photos and/or your family traditions to

The Sam, David, Mindy, and Marvin Moore-family shrine, Halifax 2005

The Sophia, Saskya, Mikhail, Hjordis, and Stefan Carmien-family shrine, Boulder 2005

Halifax Shambhala Centre, 2005
Photograph by Marvin Moore

The Jim, Myra, D'Arcy, Maggie, Virgil and Josh Colby-family shine,
Alliston, Ontario 2006.

© 2005 The Chronicles of CTR