As you probably know, Nepal has been devastated by a massive 7.9 earthquake.
Thousands are dead and thousands are living outside. As the tremors continue, it’s unsafe to be inside. Some buildings have been virtually demolished and others heavily damaged.
The people of Nepal are faced with serious challenges including maintaining an adequate supply of water and food, and restoring electricity. Medical needs and trauma also top the list. Trauma may be compounded for some individuals due to the innumerable aftershocks which occur after a significant earthquake like this one as well as the unimaginable loss involved.
4 Ways You Can Help the People of Nepal
Naturally, we’re all shocked when such an incredible travesty takes place anywhere in the world and spontaneously want to help. Here are 4 ways you can help the people of Nepal, which includes many Tibetans who live there now after fleeing Tibet due to the Chinese Occupation.
Please donate whatever you can. This article contains a list of legitimate Nepal Earthquake Relief efforts, where you can safely send donations and know that they will be put to good use.
Stay Informed and Share
Stay informed about the needs of the people living in Nepal. Share whatever you learn on social media so others will be inspired to help.
This is how Karuna-Shechen is helping thousands of people who are homeless and sleeping outside the monastery.
Pray or Send Love
Please think of all those effected by [the] earthquake near Kathmandu, Nepal. Please pray strongly for those who have died, but also for those who are living—all those who are injured, shocked or suffering—and for what lies ahead for them. May help and support of all kinds directly reach those who need it in time: quickly, effectively, and without any delay or obstacle. Along with your prayers, please also consider helping practically in whatever ways you can. – Sogyal Rinpoche
Whatever you faith or inclination, send your love, positive thoughts, and prayers to Nepal. It does make a difference.
In Tibetan Buddhism, it’s customary to pray for the dead for 49 days. Each evening, I’m saying prayers to the Buddha of Compassion for those who have died, using the mantra of compassion: Om Mani Pémé Hung. This is how the mantra is pronounced by Tibetans. I’m also doing prayers directed to removing obstacles for the quake survivors and all those who are helping them.
But you don’t have to do formal prayers to have an effect. Open your heart and send your love.
Calm Your Mind and Heart
If you feel in a state of distress about the earthquake and its aftermath, which is fully understandable, it may help to read my friend Joy Holland’s article.
I have a special affinity for Nepal. Boudhanath in particular felt like home to me when I visited there years ago. Many of my spiritual teachers live in Nepal and head-up monasteries and nunneries there. I’m relieved to know they are safe although there has been damage to some monasteries and nunneries. I’m inspired by how they are opening up the grounds around their monasteries to all those in need.
Please help in whatever way you can. Many blessings to you!
Thank you for reading! If you have a moment please share this message on social media, I would be deeply grateful. May you be well, happy, and safe. With love, Sandra