I was saddened to hear of the passing away this week of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who had been a guide and a source of hope and stability to the people of Thailand for more than seventy years.
During his reign he played a crucial role in encouraging and defending the development of democracy, while striving to preserve the ancient Buddhist traditions of his kingdom. He committed his life to working for the well-being of Thailand, and the outpouring of grief witnessed across the Thai nation following his passing indicates the deep love and respect in which he was held by his people.
At this time of mourning, I offer my heartfelt condolences and prayers to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and other members of the royal family, and to all the people of Thailand.
I pray that those who are now full of sorrow will feel comforted and that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s vision and hopes for Thailand and the Thai people may continue to be fulfilled.
17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje,
15th October, 2016
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