Farewell Statement of the Organizers | Karmapa in Europe 2015



Kamalashila Institut, Langenfeld

14. September 2015, 19:58


A final farewell from His Holiness before flying back to India, on the evening of 12th September, 2015 at the conclusion of his second visit to Europe.


The main message of the Karmapa’s European visit in August and September 2015 was how to integrate spirituality into everyday life.
Since we are living in a world that is becoming smaller while our lives become more and more interconnected, we have to find ways to take more responsibility for our surroundings and to create better conditions in general for a peaceful and harmonious co-existence.
This universal task, the basis of which is the cultivation of a clear vision and a good heart, was the focus of all of His Holiness’  teachings and talks, especially with reference to the current dramatic refugee situation in Europe.  Again and again the Karmapa emphasized, that  the aim of practising the Dharma – the Buddha’s teachings – is not to become better or more special then others, but to become a better human being, a person who actively helps increase the happiness and well-being of all sentient beings. Love, Compassion, Rejoicing and Equanimity – in Buddhist terminlogogy “The Four Imeasurables” – are the distinct qualities we need to cultivate in order to realise this.
We thank His Holiness the Karmapa for visiting Europe once more and for his clear and direct words. He has shown us the path we need to follow in these times of disorientation, violence and destruction. Now it is up to us to actually walk and practise this path.
We hope to be able to welcome His Holiness to Europe again next year, especially to other European countries, in order that his message and blessings may spread everywhere, and his inspiration might strengthen all of our efforts to live spirituality in our daily lives.
Karmapa Khyenno
Horst Rauprich,
President of the Karma Kagyü Gemeinschaft Deutschland e.V.

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