Lama Karma Chötso’s Year End Message

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                                                 — Watercolor by HH the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Greetings!

2016 has been an interesting year for all of us. At Kagyu Shedrup Chöling it has left us with a genuine concern for our community and our country. As a result, this end of the year/beginning of the year message is to remind everyone that our good fortune is tentative at best and that what we do have in terms of sanity and safety must be shared with others. KSC has always been a place of refuge and we as a sangha now have a responsibility to ensure that it stays a refuge for all others – whether Buddhist or not. Our primary goal, then, is to continue providing a place of peace that is available to others while maintained by the KSC sangha. 

KSC has a new Board and a new management strategy that is working well and this will continue to provide more opportunities for the gathering of merit. The gathering of merit provides opportunities for sangha members to spend time together, which is good for all of us! 

KSC has also provided an incredible support to the sangha of Kagyu Targey Chöling in Lima, Peru and Kagyu Jangchub Chöling in Tarapoto, Peru who are building a large Stupa of Reconciliation. The online crowdfunding campaign was so successful that we far surpassed our goal! So in 2017, there will be progress made on the stupa construction with hopes that by the end of the year it will be finished. 

Every week during every year since 1997, KSC has offered more than 100 traditional Tibetan butterlamps along with whatever prayers were requested. This tradition will be carried into 2017 with the prayer for world peace and the constant wishing prayer that the sufferings of the people of Aleppo end and that their suffering, which will remain a stain on all of humanity, never be repeated again.

Lama Karma Chötso