The earthquake in Tibet: A personal request from Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

The following statement just in from Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche:

Dear Friends,

As we have heard over and over, impermanence comes to all unexpectedly and seemingly unwarranted. Yet we tend to take this as teachings on paper, without further pursuit. During our day-to-day lives we never think it could come so suddenly and on such a devastating scale as this earthquake in Tibet. This tragedy is a great chance for all Tibetans and non-Tibetans who believe in Dharma to rise in solidarity in seeing how impermanence could come to anyone at any given moment.

Therefore, we should give all we can while we have the chance. It is our time to give, because though we may not have been struck where we live now, one day it could be us, and we can well imagine how much we would appreciate any support at that time.

Humbly with my prayers,
Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel


You’ll find many links for sharing your donations on this special page of Helping Tibet links, as found on ShambhalaSun.com. Rinpoche specifically supplies the following:

Surmang Foundation

Thrangu Monastery Relief Fund

American Himalayan Foundation

Konchok Foundation

Himalayan Children’s Fund

Rinpoche also shared these links, to reports on the damage and relief efforts. Note: In some cases the photographs show graphic destruction, injury, and death.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/04/earthquake_in_yushu_china.html

http://blog.163.com/qhhlzx_007/blog/static/443803201031513017215/

http://blog.163.com/qhhlzx_007/blog/static/443803201031513017215/

http://chronicleproject.com/stories_187.html

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/04/monks-and-laypersons-work-torecover-from-earthquake/

http://www.impactlab.com/2010/04/16/earthquake-in-tibet-amazing-photogallery/

http://www.thranguemergency.org/

See also the ongoing coverage of the earthquake on Shambhala Sun’s daily blog.