His Holiness about COVID-19

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In order to give us his boundless support, His Holiness who has confined himself                           at Druk Amitabha, has sent this messages for all to read:

 

« What is taking place today is the result of our collective karma and its source is to be found in the lack of respect we have for our planet and all sentient beings, including animals.
This is a fact, and one should have no fear, but on the contrary trust in the Dharma, practice, pray to the Three Jewels, perform the practices of Tara, Guru Rinpoche, Riwo Sang Tcheu and the prayer by Thangtong Gyalpo, bearing in mind that we are doing so for the sake of all beings.
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Reckless human behavior has resulted in the destruction of nature and our poor animals. For thousands of years, nature has been begging us for kindness and reciprocity. Now that we have been forced to step down off our usual roles that pollute and destroy other beings, the world is suddenly able to begin healing again. Although we are all suffering immensely from this coronavirus, look how much we can learn about our impact on the world. This is an encouragement for all of us to contemplate and give thanks to nature, to animals, and to the humbling lessons we can learn from this health crisis.

I become speechless when I think of this coronarvirus. True teachings of Lord Buddha come at a practical level. Now, it’s time to practise renunciation and also it’s time to generate the understanding of impermanence, no matter who you are and what sort of lifestyle you may have. No choice! We always think about ourselves as being superior over everything, especially all the poor animals. It’s no longer reality anymore. Our negative actions that harm animals have created the conditions for illness and harm to our own bodies. Now, it’s time to contemplate on the teachings of nature and not just the Buddha. It’s time for us to respect the law of nature and the right of all beings! It’s never too late unless we are suicidal by nature.
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We always go around the world to introduce people to the interdependent nature of our existence and how we should respect co-existence with nature, by giving oral teachings and by setting examples of the humanitarian activities of Live to Love. But very few have bothered to listen. Now the COVID-19 pandemic has put the fear of death in all of us – from heads of states to the poor homeless people on the streets. Death is a natural process of life, but hardly anyone feared it as much as they do now during the panic caused by COVID-19.

Following the cancellation of international flights and the closure of factories in China, our pollution levels have dropped. Dolphins are returning to the coasts of Italy after the closure of cruise ships, swans are appearing in the canals that were once populated by gondolas. In Singapore, otters are roaming freely. These are just a few examples that show us how human greed has disrupted the natural balance of coexistence between nature and humans, and how nature is now reclaiming its space.

The lesson we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic is to respect the law of nature and the philosophy of interdependence. It gives us – people of all political hues, creeds and colour – an opportunity to come together and join hands. Not only to fight this pandemic, but to also restore the natural order for a better, safer, and healthier future for the coming generations.

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~ The Gyalwang Drukpa
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His Holiness highly recommends to strictly abide by the confinement instructions implemented by our respective governments. We must be very disciplined.
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März 25, 2020 • Posted in: Aktuelles