Traditional values in Buddhism are non-material: compassion, nonviolence, and generosity, to name a few. So, to be a good human being, do we have to give up material wealth? Not at all. Material wealth is not in itself a negative thing. As Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, teaches:

“Outer wealth, that is, material wealth, can be a beneficial tool if used in an appropriate manner.”

When we invest in Inner Wealth, we will naturally use our outer wealth in the most beneficial way. To start, we need to appreciate the value of values.

“It is essential that non-material values are supported, to help us cultivate balanced and beneficial human beings, who also use their material wealth for the greatest benefit of our fellow human beings.”

Cultivating non-material values leads us to our innate state of peace and happiness.

As part of Karmapa’s leadership in the area of promoting non-material values, he participated in the United Nations International Day of Peace, and is also a supporter of the United Nations International Day of Happiness.

Through a blog on the Huffington Post, the Wealth of Europe initiative, and posts on social media, Karmapa engages in an ongoing, global conversation about the value of values. He says:

“When we support the development of non-material values, as highlighted in the Wealth of Europe initiative, we can see clearly how values such as nonviolence, compassion, dignity, community, and family, can help build a more balanced and beneficial future for all of us.”

Karmapa & the Kagyu lineage

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, is the head of the oldest reincarnate lineage in the world. Read more about Karmapa in his biography.