2011 has been a rough year. The economy has been erratic with unemployment, homelessness and hard crime on the rise. We have also seen continued hostilities overseas and rising credible international attacks from such countries as Russia on the human rights record of the United States. And so Buddhists in Syracuse have been relieved to share in thanks for an inspirational New Year message from the Karmapa.
Phayul.com has reported “We can make anything positive for ourselves and for others: Karmapa’s New Year message.” The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has sought to ease widespread anxiety among the general public over the coming year 2012, saying that sincere commitment to compassion and wisdom should override concern for uncertainties. The Karmapa has noted the “anxiety” expressed by many people over “disasters that might befall the world” in 2012. Gyalwang Karmapa has said “If we are sincerely committed to following a path of compassion and wisdom, this uncertainty about the future need not cause us any concern.”
Gyalwang Karmapa has gone on to say “Whatever happens, we can simply keep our focus directed steadily at what matters most—cultivating compassion and equanimity, and acting to benefit others. If we harbor this attitude in our hearts, we can make anything that occurs positive for ourselves and for others”. The Karmapa has also offered his “heartfelt prayers” for those who have suffered in the turmoil of the “unanticipated challenges” that the world faced including natural disasters and manmade environmental challenges of 2011.
And the Karmapa has also shared the inspirational statement, “May we live this year with mutual love and respect for one another and for the earth that is our common home.” The Karmapa is certainly serving as a positive force for a search for world peace and compassion. His presence on the world scene alongside His Holiness the Dalai is offering the world a better chance to envision a brighter future.
Mandel News Service