(My note: this letter was sent to Chokyi on February 13th, 2013 from (Name Deleted, Long term Geshe-la disciple. )
(Name Deleted) Letter:
I would like to add my support to Kelly’s request that Kristen continue to attend
pujas and empowerments. In the 4 years Kelly and Kristen have attended VBC
I have never witnessed any disruptions of any kind. Additionally, I have not heard
a single complaint from other members of the sangha.
However, if having Kristen in the gompa is a problem then I strongly encourage you
to allow Kristen to remain in the community room with her mother. I know that (name deleted)
cared for Kristen at the last OSG. If that is the concern I agree that child care is not an
obligation of our sangha but I also know that Kelly does not expect child care. I recall’
though, that you told Kelly that another child had been at an event and there was no
problem but Kelly pointed out that a baby is different than a 4 year old. Your sudden
change from encouraging Kelly to have Kristen in the gompa for puja to denying
her attendance is confusing.
I cannot come up with any valid reason to deny Kristen’s attendance at pujas and
empowerments (either in the gompa or the community room) and I sincerely hope
that she will be permitted to continue her 4 years of attending pujas.
Thank you for any consideration you give to this matter.
(Name Deleted Long term Geshe-la disciple)