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His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Karmapa on the wildfires in California

November 12, 2018

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following message concerning the deadly wildfires in California.

Dear dharma friends

The wildfires currently sweeping California are the most destructive and the joint deadliest in its history, killing 31 people so far, with more than 200 people still unaccounted for.

As we see these distressing scenes on our screens, may we offer our hearts for all of those who have lost their loved ones, their homes, their livelihoods.

While it is natural for such news to give rise to emotion, let us also observe our minds carefully, for unchecked emotions can also leave a destructive path in their wake.

At this time, and at all times, let us continue to practice the Buddha dharma, a practice of wisdom and compassion.

With prayers
Thaye Dorje
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa