1978: Children’s Day at the Court

On the first several Children's Days in Boulder...

552
Share

Thank you for your support!


Our funding drive raised over $60,000! Although we did not reach our goal, we are greatly inspired by the generosity and enthusiasm of our readers.

The Chronicles will continue to bring teachings, stories, tributes and news to a worldwide audience. Ocean will continue to offer online classes and practice opportunities to a vibrant and growing online community.

Thank you to all our donors. If you did not have an opportunity to make a contribution during the campaign, it's never too late to support the Chronicles-Ocean community.



2018 Chronicles Funding Drive

ALL DONATIONS DOUBLED

$61,016

Donated

$80,000

Goal

The Chronicles brings you teachings, tributes and a place to study and practice

Thank you to the Pema Chodron Foundation and other supporters for providing matching funds. All donations will be doubled.

Funds raised during this campaign will support the work of the Chronicles and Ocean. The Chronicles brings you teachings, stories, tributes and news. Ocean is a place to study and practice.

Our support comes only from you, our readers and listeners

Originally posted: 1 December 2004

Just One Day Left!


$9,748 was raised and matched in the past two days!

Help us reach our goal of $4,000 in new donations by midnight tonight.

Make a one-time or monthly donation, or help spread the word!

Thank You for your Support!



2018 Chronicles Funding Drive

ALL DONATIONS DOUBLED

$61,016

Donated

$80,000

Goal

The Chronicles brings you teachings, tributes and a place to study and practice

Thank you to the Pema Chodron Foundation and other supporters for providing matching funds. All donations will be doubled.

Funds raised during this campaign will support the work of the Chronicles and Ocean. The Chronicles brings you teachings, stories, tributes and news. Ocean is a place to study and practice.

Our support comes only from you, our readers and listeners

 

On the first several Children’s Days in Boulder, all the sangha children were invited to the Court in the afternoon. The children, dressed in suits and dresses, were greeted at the front door and ushered into the drawing room where they received an abundance of candy and blessings from the Vidyadhara and Lady Diana.

The Vidyadhara spent Children’s Day Eve setting up the children’s shrine, using the same artistry and care he applied to flower arranging. He supervised as the Court staff moved a large red satin shrine box into the drawing room, covered it with a brilliant multi-colored Japanese brocade, and trimmed it, first with Christmas tree lights and then with boughs of evergreen.

The shrine had two levels: a top level for the King and Queen and a second level for everything else, including toy soldiers (who he referred to as members of the royal guard), lions, tigers, candles, fans, evergreen boughs, and more that has faded from memory. These first children’s shrines were magnificent, sodden with richness and magnetizing anyone (child or adult) who came within range of their ratna power.

The Vidyadhara’s children’s shrines did not include the five sense offerings that have since been added to the tradition, but they did have candy, all sorts of candy. In particular, I remember M&Ms. The Vidyadhara would take handfuls of M&Ms from a large serving bowl held by his attendant and slowly pour them into a series of smaller bowls on the shrine, as if making a mandala offering. When the bowls were filled to the top, he continued to pour until they overflowed and M&Ms spreads out in all directions on the shrine.

Unfortunately, there do not seem to be any photographs of these early Children’s Day shrines. Or are there? How about it … does anybody out there in the Kingdom of Shambhala have a photograph of one of the Vidyadhara’s Children’s Day shrines? If you do, please get it scanned and send it in!

Does anybody else have a Kalapa Court Children’s Day story to share? How about any of you (now middle-aged) dharma brats? Do you remember getting dressed up and going to the Kalapa Court on Children’s Day? We’d love to hear from you.

Wishing all a most cheerful Children’s Day!

Share
Walter Fordham
Walter hitchhiked from Philly to Boulder in 1974. He seems confused about what happened after that.