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Sakyong message to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

tree_branch_sky_cloud_geistThe Sakyong, having just emerged from leading a deep retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center, wants to share with the Shambhala community the following letter he has written to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Letter to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

To the congregation of Mother Emanuel, and to the families and loved ones of the recently deceased, I write to you from deep meditation retreat in Colorado, with sadness and compassion in my heart.

Accidents can strike suddenly. Sickness can slowly wither our body and spirit. Natural disasters leave us in a state of panic at the elemental power of the world. But in facing terrorism arising through the poison of racism, we are shocked into a state of horror — personally experiencing humanity at its most violent.

In this time of instability and extreme challenge, where can we find refuge? What can transcend these illusory boundaries of race, ethnic origin, personal background, or orientation of any sort?

Our only reliable source of strength is the goodness of our hearts. Our only foundation for coming to terms with the suffering of the times is our innate need to be decent human beings.

All of humanity has this worthiness, locked deep beneath the layers of hope and fear. I write to you today from that fundamental place, in the midst of our loved ones being taken from us, and our very identity being stripped away. Underneath the bewilderment, grief, and anger, we find ourselves questioning the whole thing — our ground has been shaken.

However, when we come this close to senseless terror, we begin to glimpse our true nature — goodness — and we remember the goodness of those we have lost. We see this kind of bravery in the profound forgiveness voiced by the families of those who were killed in South Carolina. This is such an example of basic goodness and the power of forgiveness, right in the midst of the most ruthless violence and pain.

We must find and reside on that innate ground of human goodness in order to move through the darkness of this age. We must take refuge in the warmth of human decency in order to weather the pain and confusion that assaults the sanctuary of our very heart. We must join together in wisdom and kindness to combat the senseless terror we see all around us.

With profound love,

The Sakyong
June 28, 2015

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6 responses to “ Sakyong message to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church ”
  1. Stuart Aronoff
    Jul 8, 2015

    This letter exemplifies the dignity and grace that is not beyond reach but within us all. Thank you Sakyong for your reflection on these types of horrible things that happen on an all to familiar basis. We can quell by staying!
    I feel at peace knowing this is what you think about regularly.
    Be well and peaceful.

  2. Jayne Sutton
    Jul 1, 2015

    Thank you so much for this. Sending love.

  3. Dear Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche,

    Thank you for your kind thoughts, wisdom and the outpouring of love and support to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church


  4. Donna Lawson
    Jul 1, 2015

    Thank you!

  5. George Ramsey
    Jun 30, 2015

    Dear Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for these beautiful words and empathetic sentiments! Awakening this morning to read your letter touched me deeply and will inspire my day.


  6. March M. Wood
    Jun 30, 2015

    KI KI SO SO!

    I am moved by the vajra compassion of our beloved Sakyong, and remain steadfast in my duty as a warrior. May his gentle leadership guide us towards creating a future where all beings are FREE!

    Long live the Sakyong! Long live the Sakyong Wangmo!

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