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His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Karmapa’s message following the migrant shipwrecks

January 20, 2019

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following message regarding the recent shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.

Dear dharma friends

In the last couple of days, about 170 people have lost their lives in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, as they sought to find somewhere where they could find safety for themselves and their families.

In some ways, this is a familiar story – more than 2200 people died trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2018. We must always remember that every human life is precious. Every human being is worthy of loving kindness and compassion. And every lost life is worthy of solemn remembrance. No matter where they are from. No matter the circumstances of their passing. No matter their religion, race or background.

We must also remember the opportunities that we have in every moment. Many of us live in countries where we have food, we have shelter, and our lives are not in immediate danger. May we appreciate this with all our hearts, and make the most of this precious opportunity.

When we pray, we pray for the enlightenment of all sentient beings. Therefore, may we all pray together for all those who search for a safer life, and for all victims of other tragedies around the world.

With compassion

Thaye Dorje
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa