This week (August 7 – August 14) is World Mask Week.
Wearing a mask is the best tool we currently have to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and break the chain of infections.
By wearing a mask, I protect others from infection, in case I carry the virus.
Does this in any way infringe on my freedom or any constitutional rights that I have? Not at all – wearing a mask is about being a decent and considerate person.
Even the Google doodle dons a mask. And so can you!
(Google doodle, Android, 8/5/20)
Thursday last week I attended a great online meeting, organized by the Anti-Sexist Social Club and Next Gen Men; people from all over the world were attending.
Although I miss attending discussions in person, there’s a massive opportunity in remote events – I would not have been able to participate, had it taken place in New York.
During the event, Jackson Bird was reading from his memoir, Sorted, and Dane Woodland was reading from his collection of poems, transVersing.
The event focused on what we can do in the 2SLGBTQ+ community to be more inclusive and less sexist; all proceeds went to The Okra Project.
Many thanks to the organizers and their skillful moderation – I learned a lot, and I look forward to many more such events!
(Sorted, Audio Book – I support Jackson on Patreon)
“We must never forget that Caritas has its origin and essence in God Himself (John 1, 4:8). Caritas is the embrace of God, our Father, for every person, especially for the very last and the suffering, who take a privileged place in his heart.” (His Holiness, Pope Francis, May 2019)
I am deeply ashamed about our actions at the EU borders in Greece and the Mediterranean Sea, and our utter lack of compassion for the people in need.
(Dhagpo Kagyu Ling)
Yesterday, on my way to the article 13 rally in Berlin, someone in deep desperation jumped out in front of our train and killed themself.
I hope they will now find the peace they were looking for!
My heart goes out to the train driver, who will have to live with this trauma for the rest of their life and I hope they will have the support and strength needed to deal with it!
I am also very thankful for the Deutsche Bahn officials involved, who drove the train to the nearest station, saving us from evacuation.
I bow my head in deep respect
Just received great news from the team at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling: The Dhagpo Institute is now fully financed!
My predecessor and the masters of his time brought their contribution through writing history: they planted the roots of Buddhism beyond the Himalayas and we are the result of that. In turn, we now have the opportunity to be part of history and contribute to developing the Buddha Dharma for future generations. So we have to roll up our sleeves!
(Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa)
Link to the full article: https://www.dhagpo.org/fr/actualites/1605-l-institut-est-finance
All of us may not be related to each other by blood.
Nevertheless, because we have a similar cause, similar aspirations and wishes, we are bound by that.
We are bound by what we practice, by what we aspire to.
Therefore, we are all another family for each other.
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa (via EMail, from Dhagpo Kagyu Ling)