Letters from Karmapa

In this section we share letter messages from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa or from the Private Office of Gyalwa Karmapa.

In separate section there are announcements and information about upcoming events.


Karmapa’s Losar message


On the occasion of Losar and the dawn of the Year of the Female Iron Ox, Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following message for all of his students. Wish-Fulfilling Wheel, grant us your auspiciousness, the might of merit, and the cultivation of longevity and wisdom. You are the natural expression […]

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Karmapa shares a letter about the coronoavirus


Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following message for dharma centres and practitioners English transcript At present, a large number of people in the world find themselves in a situation in which there is serious danger to their lives. For this reason, I appeal to […]

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Karmapa shares a message about the Australia bushfires

Bodhgaya India, 2019-12-15 KagyuMonlam Chenmo

In relation to the wildfires spreading throughout Australia and the floods in Indonesia, Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following message:   Dear dharma friends The devastation caused by the Australian bushfires is almost unimaginable. Lives are being lost. Millions of hectares of land lie in ashes. And thousands of people […]

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Gyalwa Karmapa shares compassionate message to the victims of floods in South Asia


This August massive rain caused floods across Northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Over thousand people lost their lives, many more their homes. Aid agencies say that this is becoming one of the worst humanitarian disasters in Asia in recent times. Concerns are rising about disease and shortages of food not least because the flooding is […]

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Message from Gyalwa Karmapa on the 3rd Anniversary of Shamar Rinpoche’s Parinirvana


Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, asks his students to continue in prayer for the swift rebirth of Shamar Rinpoche.  On the 3rd anniversary of Sharmapa’s parinirvana, Gyalwa Karmapa reminds us that the example and spiritual teachings of Shamarpa’s birth, life and passing are teachings of great compassion and wisdom. Read the letter below:

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Words of Wisdom
The human heart, Bodhicitta, is the most precious of all. While Buddhas are helpful in life, the compassionate heart is even more precious than a Buddha. In the human heart, we see limitless hope.