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His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Karmapa’s message on recent natural disasters

April 28, 2016

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares a message concerning natural disasters, following the recent one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Nepal, in which over 8000 people were killed.

Dear dharma friends,

The recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan have led to a tragic loss of life. Thousands are left without homes and electricity.

Researchers estimate that, since 1900, the death toll from natural disasters stands at more than eight million. The economic costs exceed $7 trillion.

While news of these incidents of flooding, earthquakes, mudslides, and storms leave us feeling shaken, it is important for all of us to try and keep our minds calm and clear. With a mind disturbed by emotion, we are at risk of thoughts, words and actions that may increase the suffering and damage already caused. With a clear mind, we are in a better position to serve and benefit those who are grieving, as well as others who are affected.

This is one of the many reasons why prayer and meditation during such times is so important. As I pray for all those affected by the recent tragic events, I ask all of you to join me. Please dedicate the merit to all those whose lives have been lost, and their loved ones.

With prayers,
Thaye Dorje, HIs Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Official portrait of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. Photo / Thule Jug

Official portrait of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. Photo / Thule Jug