In the wake of the Nepal earthquake

Published on 02 May 2015

In the Wake of the Nepal Earthquake

At this time of great suffering and difficulty in Nepal, when many are feeling uncertainty and fear and experiencing the loss of loved ones, one of the best things we can all do is offer our prayers and good wishes. For those following the Buddhadharma, as Kyabje Sakya Trizin Rinpoche has so profoundly advised us, we can think of Guru Rinpoche and supplicate him fervently so that outer, inner, and secret obstacles will be dispelled, and so that the myriad wishes of those affected will be swiftly fulfilled.

As for the more practical things that you can do, I rejoice that there are some highly experienced organisations working in Nepal as well as some reliable grassroots initiatives on the ground. They are doing important work. I am not in a position to endorse any one such organization or initiative at this time but if you want to donate something immediately, then you most certainly should. Just be careful and sober about your decision.

For people asking for my personal guidance, I can’t help but think of previous disaster situations like what happened in Haiti and Sichuan. Nepal’s struggle is not going to end in a day or a month. This is going to go on for a while and the situation will require a long term approach. We should not let this initial burst of enthusiasm to help fade and die, but keep that flame of compassion alive.

To that end I will work with my various organizations to possibly set up some sort of funding channel to provide support when the news has died down but the need is still there. This will take some time and we will let you know if and when we are ready to accept contributions. 

For Dharma practitioners, ultimately, we must bear in mind that the Buddhadharma does not rely on outer structures. The disintegration and even collapse of the dharma happens within our own minds, and so it’s our minds that most need to be preserved, cared for, and maintained. 

May this calamity remind us how fragile our lives are and how susceptible we are as humans. May the outer appearance of cracks and rifts in buildings remind us of the cracks and rifts in our devotion and weakness of our practice of love and compassion. Let it make our determination to pursue the path of wisdom and compassion ever stronger.

 by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, May 2, 2015