Karmapa’s message on International Day of Peace

September 21, 2017

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following message on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Dear dharma friends

Only when our mind is calm can we create the fertile conditions for peace to flourish.

And when we take some time to examine the mind, we can see that peace is not something abstract that is ‘out there,’ but it is ‘in here,’ in the here and now.

Peace is, like compassion and wisdom, part of our innate nature, our Inner Wealth. It is not to be created, but discovered and nurtured.

On this United Nations International Day of Peace, may we all take some time to reflect on the nature of our minds. By doing so, we will naturally fertilise the innate seed of peace, first in our hearts, and then for all sentient beings.

With prayers
Thaye Dorje
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa