Teaching: Preparing for peace

On the occasion of upcoming United Nations International Day of Peace, Gyalwa Karmapa shares a teaching about preparing for peace.


As we approach the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21st September, it is a good time for us to consider how we prepare for peace. In Tokme Zangpo’s 14th century text ‘The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva,’ the 14th practice loosely translates as: ‘Even if someone broadcasts throughout the billion worlds all sorts of offensive remarks about you, speaking in turn of that person’s positive qualities, with a loving mind, is the practice of a Bodhisattva.’

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa advices us to keep calm minds:

Under these circumstances, it is important that we keep our minds calm, that our minds are at peace and not disturbed by emotion. Otherwise, if our name, our image is attacked, then although others are just attacking our name, our image –­ just the reflection in the mirror and not even our physical body –­ we may still feel hurt and give rise to unnecessary commotion.


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