Logo of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye DorjeThaye Dorje
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Remembering Jean-Louis Massoubre

April 26, 2016

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, remembers Jean-Louis Massoubre:

My personal impressions of Mr. Jean-Louis Massoubre are that he was a caring and kind person.

He would always convey his opinions to me, generously and genuinely, with a deep respect and true appreciation for my practice.

I will always treasure his advice, because it always flowed from his heart, and an understanding of the traditional and contemporary values of religion, philosophy – and life in general.

Mr. Jean-Louis Massoubre’s contributions to establishing Buddhism in France, to spreading the Buddha Dharma, are very significant. Enabling the Buddha Dharma to be accessible to so many people who are searching for spirituality is by no means a simple task. I feel it was due to his connection with my predecessor, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, as well as Mr. Jean-Louis Massoubre’s own merit and wisdom accumulated over previous lives, that he was able to achieve this.

One aspect of Mr. Jean-Louis Massoubre’s legacy is that he was able to cultivate the conditions for the experienced to pass their knowledge to the youth, to help nurture their innate values of wisdom and compassion – their Inner Wealth.

This is so important because, more than ever, young people have an immense responsibility. The light of the world’s youth requires the care and experience of the older generations in order to shine brightly, and for this, and so much more, we are humbled to remember Mr. Jean-Louis Massoubre.

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, at Mr. Massoubre's memorial ceremony, with Lama Jigme Rinpoche and Karma Trinley Rinpoche

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, at Mr. Massoubre’s memorial ceremony, with Lama Jigme Rinpoche and Karma Trinley Rinpoche