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His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Kabul wedding blast: Karmapa’s message

August 19, 2019

Following a bomb blast at a wedding in the Afghan capital Kabul, Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following message:

Dear dharma friends

A bomb that exploded at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed 63 people and injured more than 180 people. 

When we hear about such terrible incidents, in places that we may feel we have no real understanding of, or connection with its people or culture, we may feel a sense of spiritual distance from those affected.  

As Buddhists, our practice is one of wisdom and compassion. This compassion is limitless. This compassion is universal. Our practice leaves no room for partial compassion, or compassion with geographical or other boundaries. When we pray for the benefit for all sentient beings, this means exactly that: all sentient beings. 

Therefore, let us pray for all those affected by this incident, and for all those who suffer in our world.

With compassion

Thaye Dorje 

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa