Thursday, August 14, 2008

An Appeal for Stones from Iraq

Hello, I'm a student of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa of the Tibetan Buddhism's Karma Kagyu School. Considered by most to be the second most important Tibetan Buddhist leader after the Dalai Lama, His Holiness is a progressive Buddhist teacher who express his compassion toward all sentient beings and the world by incorporate in His teachings issues like global warning, renewable energy, and vegetarianism. Every year His Holiness will conduct the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, a prayer and blessing ceremony, in order to spread the seeds of loving kindness and pure motivation, to activate their power, and hence bring about genuine peace, love, happiness and well-being in the world.

Early next year, a special ceremony will be conducted during the Kagyu Monlam, in which a Stone Altar will be constructed using small stones collected from every country in the world. This is a way in which His Holiness will establish a physical connection with our planet while bring blessing and merit to everyone in the world. Although many countries have already contributed to this Stone Altar Project, we would really like to have a few stones from Iraq. If there are any Buddhist soldiers stationed in Iraq reading this, we would like to ask for your help in sending us a few small Iraqi stones; even a single stone would be considered auspicious. Please e-mail if you're interest in more details. Thanks!

Recent Time article on His Holiness the 17th Karmapa:,8599,1807103,00.html

Details on the Monlam Stone Altar Project:


Anonymous said...

This may be harder than it sounds because customs does not allow sand or rocks to leave Iraq.
CPL Lawrence

Anonymous said...

CPL Lawrence, Thanks for this info; I realize it would be difficult. Hopefully there is still a way this may happen.

Jeffrey Chen

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