Prayers and Funds Requested for Those Affected by Nepal Earthquake

More than 8,000 people have been reported dead in the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Nepal on April 25. A second earthquake struck Nepal on May 12. Ligmincha International Board Chair Rob Patzig suggests how sangha and friends can offer prayers and financial support.

Nepal earthquakeDear Sangha and Friends,
 
Update:

Tuesday May 12th saw another violent earthquake strike Nepal. The second quake has caused many buildings and homes, already weakened by the quake last month, to collapse. At least 65 people have died in this second quake and thousands have been injured. Please continue your prayers and practices in support of the many who are suffering in the aftermath of this disaster and for those who are working to provide aid. Ligmincha will continue accepting donations to benefit relief efforts in Nepal and the Bonpo communities there. 

Click here to make a donation

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On Saturday, April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Nepal, causing incredible harm. As of  April 28, more than 5,000 people are reported dead, and many are still trapped under rubble. BBC news reports shortages of water, food and electricity.  Disease is also a concern. Our prayers go to all who have died or lost their loved ones and homes. We have learned that the monks at Triten Norbutse are all right and the monastery itself is largely unscathed, though there is some structural damage.  Because of the continuing tremors, the monks are sleeping and cooking outdoors to be safe, as are most people in the affected areas. Many monasteries and sacred sites in Nepal, and even some in India, have suffered extensive damage.


At Menri Monastery, H.H. the 33rd Menri Trizin, and H.E. Menri Lopon Rinpoche is leading the monks in special prayers recited for three days from April 2729, 2015 for those in Nepal, India and Tibet who have lost their lives. Additional rituals will be done for the removal of obstacles, as well as prayers to Sherap Chamma, the Mother of Wisdom and Love.


We ask that you send prayers to all the people who have been affected in this tragedy. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche encourages all of us to recite the Bon heart mantra (OM MA TRI MU YE SA LE DU) for those who have died, and the mantra of Sherap Chamma (OM MA WA MA DE MA HI MO HA E MA HO MA YE RU PA YE TA DU DU SO HA).


If you would like to donate to Triten Norbutse to assist with the necessary repairs to the buildings and support of the monks and the Bon communities in the affected Himalayan region at this time, Ligmincha International is collecting donations for this purpose through June 1. Click here to make a donation to Triten Norbutse and the affected Bon communities. Please note all of these donations will be used specifically in support of Triten Norbutse and the Bon communities in the Himalayan region and not for Ligmincha. Our Ligmincha International Board will consider the most effective ways to help the Bon communities affected by this earthquake. While Ligmincha's nonprofit status in the U.S. makes all donations by U.S. citizens tax deductible, we cannot say how donations are treated by members of other countries. 


Ligmincha is not able to directly accept donations in general support of Nepal's earthquake relief efforts. However, if you would like to support broad relief efforts in Nepal, please consider a donation to the organizations helping the people of Nepal, consider giving to: Unicef, the U.N. children's agency, the U.N. World Food Program, or Doctors without Borders. Ligmincha is not affiliated with any of these groups, but each is actively involved in relieving suffering and rebuilding in the areas affected by the earthquake.


This letter and fundraising effort have been prompted by the many queries of sangha members around the world to our offices.  Thank you so much for you care, concern and active support to help the many victims of this natural disaster. 


Yours in Bon,

Rob Patzig
Board Chair, Ligmincha International