August 3, 2023
Karmapa calls for prayers after floods in India
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following message after the recent flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
Dear dharma friends,
The devastation and loss of life in Kerala, caused by the worst flooding in a century, is difficult to comprehend. More than 300 people have died. More than 200,000 people have been left homeless and in camps. With more rains predicted, the situation is feared to become even more dire.
And yet, there is hope. This week, India celebrated its Independence Day – with unity in diversity, the whole country came together to celebrate, among other things, the resilience and strength of its citizens. These qualities, together with India’s spiritual wealth, are greatly needed at this time. While material resources and humanitarian aid are crucial – our prayers, our compassion, our loving kindness, are just as beneficial. When we practice the Buddha dharma, and dedicate the merit of our practice to all sentient beings, we offer hope for those who need it most.
May we all pray together for all those affected by this disaster.
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa