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Himalayan Earthquake - What to Do

Update 4/26:  Shantideva Meditation Center is offering a special Medicine Buddha Puja at Jewel Heart in NYC on Tuesday, 4/27, to offer prayers for those affected by the earthquake. 

A devastating earthquake hit the Himalayan region of the world today, affecting Tibet and India, and causing the greatest damage in Nepal.  Initial reports indicate at least 1000 people were killed, countless injured, and thousands of homes and buildings destroyed. 

In a statement this afternoon, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, a global humanitarian and friend and mentor of IDP, wrote that "during these dark times, the smallest gesture of kindness can be a great source of light". 

Below are a few ways you may wish to engage your practice and your heart to everyone affected by this earthquake, and all beings suffering from natural disasters throughout the world.

Practice Financial Generosity:  Consider making a donation to Unicef, the Red Cross, Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders, or many other aid organizations who are already responding in Kathmandu and other regions.  The Gyalwang Drukpa's organization, Live to Love has started assisting and needs contributions, and Global Giving has setup a relief fund, from which all donations will be contributed to help the affected areas.

Green Tara Practice:  Lama Tsultrim Alione and Tara Mandala are starting a campaign of 100,000 Green Tara mantras for the victims of the Nepal earthquake. The mantra is OM TARE TUTARE TURE SWA HA. As you say it aloud or under your breath visualize yourself as Green Tara sending out infinite numbers of Green Taras, these are streaming wherever they are needed to rapidly save those buried or injured and to guide the dead from the Kathmandu earthquake. Start as soon as possible. Green Tara is known for her rapid response. Post your numbers on Tara Mandala Retreat Center.

Metta Practice:  Lovingkindness meditation is the cultivation of  a steady, unconditional sense of connection that touches all beings without exception.  Practicing Metta allows us to connect with the sufferings and joys of all beings without turning away out of pity, or becoming overwhelmed by despair.

Tibetan Prayers: Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT has posted prayers and instructions to do for the sake of those dealing with this great disaster.  

Whatever your practice is, it is most important to remain open and willing to be present with the confusion and fear that may arise for you.  In doing so, you'll be able to be open and receptive to the sufferings of others, and your clarity will allow you to act from your truest intentions.  

May all beings everywhere be safe, be happy, be healthy, and live with ease. 

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu Om

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