April 25th, 2016
The One-Year Anniversary of The Nepal Earthquake
A Personal Message from Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
“On the one-year anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Nepal I would like to share with you our heartfelt appreciation and encouragement.
Our monastery lamas, monks and nuns have done everything possible to help those who have lost and suffered so much. Over 90 relief missions to the worst affected districts have provided more than 25,000 people with essential food, medicines, tents and building materials. Our ongoing efforts continue to rebuild 55 homes in Dhola, where everyone lost their land, buildings, crops and animals. And we will do whatever we can in the future to help all those in need.
At our monastic homes in Pharping, Nagi Gompa and Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, we manage to keep our regular schedule of pujas, prayers and ceremonies. The three-year monastic retreats continue, as do the monks’ studies and academic courses at Rangjung Yeshe Institute despite catastrophic damage to our main monastery building and living quarters.
On this one-year anniversary of the earthquake, I would like to share with you a model of the proposed new design for our main monastery that will be able to seat 1,000 people. The detailed design plans are now being prepared, a construction committee has been formed and, with your support, construction will begin soon.
We continue to make prayers and pujas for those who passed away during the earthquakes, and for those who are still suffering. From the bottom of my heart, I send my thanks to all those around the world who have helped in our relief and rebuilding efforts. Thank you.”
— Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
One year on from Nepal’s worst ever natural disaster, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and the many affected communities are deeply grateful for the support they have received from friends and supporters around the world.
Please consider giving: whether economically, through idea-sharing or by volunteering. Your donation is critical to rebuilding a new state-of-the-art monastery complex and nunnery and to continue providing a spiritual and educational center to thousands of Nepalese, Tibetans and pilgrims worldwide who wish to develop a deeper meaning for life through Buddhist education, philosophy, and meditation.
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On April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the very heart of Nepal claiming the lives of almost 9,000 men, women, and children, injuring 23,000 others and destroying over half a million homes. Irreplaceable world heritage sites were reduced to rubble. Many Buddhist monasteries were destroyed or severely damaged. Among the casualties were Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and Nagi Gompa Nunnery.
Under Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s guidance, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery has stood out as an outstanding center for the study and practice of Buddhism with almost 300 resident monks and over 200 international and local students following formal study programs.
Today, the main temple, classrooms and living quarters stand silent, fractured and empty, witness to catastrophe. Novice monks now study inside a tent that doubles as their dining hall. Classes in advanced Buddhist studies are taught in smaller tents. Daily meditation and recitation sessions are conducted under plastic awnings on the front lawn.
At Nagi Gompa Nunnery, long-time home of the monastery’s founder, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and now his reincarnation, the large main temple cannot be used until extensive repairs are completed. Neighbouring Gelong Gompa and many nuns’ quarters have completely collapsed. The three-year retreat temple must be rebuilt.
However, rather than being discouraged by the mammoth task of re-building, the monks have taken Buddhist practice far beyond the classroom temple, and meditation cushion. They have provided neighbouring communities with psychological support, food and physical refuge, while also delivering tons of food, medicines, tents, tarpaulins and building materials, free of cost, to families in the worst affected districts. These efforts continue today (see www.shenpennepal.org).
Now however, is the time to look homeward. Planning to rebuild the monastery and nunnery has begun under Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s direct guidance, but funding is urgently needed for materials, transport, labor, equipment and artists. The challenges of retrofitting, demolishing and rebuilding the main temples and living quarters are huge.
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