Acting to Care for Victims of the Earthquake in Nepal

(April 25, 2015 – Woodstock, New York) On the first rest day set aside for His Holiness the Karmapa, a devastating earthquake took the lives of thousands of people in Nepal, as well as in India, Tibet and Bangladesh. Within hours, His Holiness the Karmapa composed a letter of condolence (full text below) and immediately sent instructions to his administration in India directing them to offer material and funds for the relief effort. He later additionally led Mahakala practice at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, his North American seat.
The full text of his statement is as follows:
Today, on the morning of the 25th of April, in Nepal, the land where Lord Buddha was born, there occurred a devastating earthquake. Many thousands of people have been killed or injured, and historic buildings and private homes have been turned into ruins. As soon as I learned of this painful and distressing situation, I made my deepest aspiration prayers and dedications for all the people affected, and continue to do so. Especially at times when we are faced with such a desperate situation, we cannot sit idle, unfeelingly. We must join forces and carry the burden of sorrow together. It is important that each one of us light the lamp of courage. Additionally, it is important that each of the Karma Kagyu monasteries in Nepal, while looking after their own pressing needs for immediate protection, also extend any and all aid and protection they can to the public in their surrounding communities. From my own side, I will make every effort to come personally in the near future to offer my solace and support as well.
The Tibetan text may be found on the official website of the Karmapa here.

Photography by Stephanie Colvey.


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