August 3, 2023
Karmapa donates 14.6 million rupees to Covid-19 relief funds
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, has donated 14.6 million rupees to India and Bhutan to support their efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic.
Karmapa shares the following message to his students around the world regarding these donations, and the practice of generosity:
These contributions are a symbolic offering of appreciation and support from our lineage. On top of that, I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to everyone around the world who contributes to efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, be it in the form of financial means, supplying food and other essentials, or any other kind of support.
Even the simplest form of generosity, such as offering a few potatoes or even a smile, makes a big difference. Thus, I encourage everyone to practice whatever form of generosity you can – no matter how limited your financial means may be.
A summary of Karmapa’s donations
- Karmapa contributes 11.1 million rupees (1 crore 11 lakhs rupees) to India to aid efforts in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Karmapa contributes 3.5 million Ngultrum (35 lakhs Ngultrum) to Bhutan to aid efforts in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic.
Karmapa’s donation letters
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Letter to His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, dated 25 April 2020
Letter to Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi, dated 7 April 2020
Letter to Shri Nitish Kumar, Honourable Chief Minister of Bihar, dated 7 April 2020
Letter to Shri R. K. Mathur, Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, dated 7 April 2020
Letter to His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dated 7 April 2020
Letter to His Excellency Dr Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan, dated 7 April 2020