12/29/2011, 00.00
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Karmapa Lama: a disaster free 2012 that favours compassion and love

by Ogyen Trinley Dorje, XVII Karmapa Lama
The "number 3" of Tibetan Buddhism sends his best wishes for those who suffered in 2011 and invites the world to not give credence to rumours of new disasters. Compassion and love are the way to happiness.
Dharamsala (AsiaNews) - Many people have expressed anxiety about disasters that might befall the world in the year 2012. In fact, we never know what any given year might hold. But if we are sincerely committed to following a path of compassion and wisdom, this uncertainty about the future need not cause us any concern.

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 harbour this attitude in our hearts, we can make anything that occurs positive for ourselves and for others.

The year 2011 itself brought many unanticipated challenges—natural disasters, manmade environmental challenges, and grave suffering for many human communities around the world. My heartfelt prayers go to all those who suffered in the turmoil of this year.

I wish especially to offer my prayers to all those who connected with me in any way during this year, as well as to all who will connect in the future. May you find lasting happiness and peace.

May all of us who share this planet go forward together into the New Year in harmony. May we live this year with mutual love and respect for one another and for the earth that is our common home.

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