Karmapa on Disasters

August 25, 2016

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following message in the light of recent disasters.

Dear Dharma Friends

There are many forms of natural disasters. Tragedies take place daily, here in India, Italy, Myanmar and around the world.

It is important to practice mindful awareness so that our compassion reaches those affected by all disasters, not just those on a larger scale, or the ones featured by the media. The loss of a single precious human life, anywhere in the world, is a tragedy.

Wherever you are, no matter how much you suffer, you do not suffer alone.

As Dharma practitioners, we are all deeply connected, like mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters.

In the midst of turbulence, may we all find a place of stillness, clarity and peace. This place of stillness, this state of mind, lies within all of us. Our compassion and wisdom, our Inner Wealth, is unaffected by even the most extreme external conditions. No rain can dampen our inner peace. No wind can move our minds.

May we all pray together for all those who suffer.

With my heartfelt love and compassion

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Letter on recent natural disasters from Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa