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May 5, 2015

Prayer for Earthquake Ravished Nepal. {Poem}

Statue_of_Buddha_at_Thotlakonda_Park

A statue of the Buddha sits calmly,

waist-deep in the rubble of Bhaktapur.
Ancient buildings lay shattered around him,
and in the country of his birth more than 7,000 people have died.

Sniffer dogs have now stopped searching,
the smell of cremation is omnipresent,
and everywhere there is great grieving and homelessness.

In the stranded, crushed villages there are limited resources and no power.
Soon the monsoons will arrive.

Rice needs to be planted now,
Fallen buildings need to be cleared now,
Repairs need to be made swiftly
Or a new disaster will come with the heavy rains.

“May the precious bodhicitta
Arise where it has not arisen
And where it has arisen may it not decay,
But increase further and further.”

A statue of the Buddha sits calmly.

 

Relephant:

A Prayer for Nepal. {Poem}

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Author: Linda Lewis

Editor: Travis May

Photo: Wikimedia

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Linda V. Lewis May 11, 2015 8:02am

May 10 + 11: Death toll is now 7,900 as slowly the mountain villages are gotten to and bodies recovered. More than 17,000 Nepalis are injured. Many Tibetans are not in these counts if they escaped from Chinese occupied Tibet. Also those without IDs are poor Indians from Bihar who were working in Kathmandu as migrant laborers.
The big fear now is disease. 85% of the water in Nepal is contaminated.
Recovery is going to be very slow and all kinds of aid is going to be needed for the next 3 months, even as the story falls out of the news.

Linda V. Lewis May 9, 2015 8:08am

May 9th, as the story begins to fall out of the news, mountain villages in Nepal are finally getting reached. They have largely been flattened. Rubble needs to be cleared and homes need to be rebuilt before the monsoons, which are due to arrive in about 10 days! These villagers have lost many family members and livestock, and are in need of rice seed and farming supplies or there will be 3 months of famine following the quake!Many survivors in the villages have been without tarps until just now. They have been homeless, camped out in the cold at night and sun during the day, rained on periodically without shelter.
In Kathmandu shops that have not collapsed are reopening, and buses + garbage trucks have resumed regular schedules wherever the roads have been cleared. 2/3rds of the people have returned to work but schools will remain closed for the month for security, as the tremors continue and many schools were damaged.
Monks and nuns throughout Boudha continue to help everyone out, providing food, water, tents, and clothes. Shechen monks have reached many villages and provided medical aid and attention along with water, food, + tarps. Karuna Shechen continues to be a great destination for donations, as the monks put the $$$ to immediate use in the form of aid daily.

Linda V. Lewis May 8, 2015 7:31am

May 8th, 1000's still missing. Nepalis are checking hospitals and police stations daily to see if their family members and loved ones have been found. At this point it is mostly recovery, more bodies found dead than alive. But in the villages divorced from roads and power, there are those thought to be missing who are still alive and in need of food, medical assistance, and water. Shechen monks- -http://shechen.org/donate (mark earthquake fund) is actually getting out daily to villages via truck, and when that fails, motor cycles on remnants of roads. They have been amazing heroes!

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Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis met the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and, following Rinpoche’s invitation, immediately moved to Boulder, Colorado to be a part of his young and vital sangha.

The predominant themes in her life have been teaching in contemplative schools–Vidya, Naropa, and the Shambhala School in Halifax, Nova Scotia–and studying, practicing, or teaching his Shambhala Buddhadharma wherever she finds herself.