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by Linda Lewis

On the first visit of His Holiness Karmapa to Boulder, Colorado he gave us all a Vajra Yogini initiation and blessing in the main shrine room of 1111 Pearl Street, going between the spaces of hippies to touch us with his hand and implements, including the little head of my infant son Waylon.

On his second visit, I believe in 1976, my toddler son fell in love with His Holiness, wanting to go again and again to the place where he was staying on Mapleton Hill, which we called the “wedding cake house”.  My son would say repeatedly, “I want to go to see the big man with the big hat in the big house!”

On His Holiness Karmapa’s last visit to Boulder, I believe in 1980, there was to be a children’s blessing in the main shrine Room.  My son was now 6 years old.  His father had fallen asleep and, although he had said he wanted us to wake him up, he was unspeakably angry when we did so.  There was a domestic “scene” and Waylon and I were delayed.  I was really afraid we had missed the ceremony but felt inclined to go late, rather than to wallow in domestic misery.

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