August 3, 2023
Coronavirus: Karmapa’s new message
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following letter for all lamas, sangha members and lay practitioners of the Karma Kagyu lineage, in relation to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The letter in English:
‘Dear respected lamas, tulkus, sangha members, and lay practitioners of the Karma Kagyu lineage
The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread all over the world.
Therefore, we should all – without nervousness or panic – take all required precautions and preventive actions.
Having said that, the core sickness is, in my opinion, both a mind filled with anxiety about the disease, and a tendency to wrongly think that we should never become sick or die.
In order to avoid such fear and misconception, it is very important to continually contemplate the Four Great Seals. I would like to encourage all of you to take this advice to heart.
On my part, I am constantly praying to the Three Jewels and the Dharma protectors, and offering my best aspirations for the wellbeing of sentient beings.
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa’
Signed and stamped on 7 March 2020
Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi