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Nepal Earthquake - How Not to Look Away

It's been a few weeks since the Nepalese earthquake struck, devastating the country, killing over 8,000 people and injuring ~20,000.  Today another powerful quake hit, bringing even more destruction and chaos.   As a result of these disasters, this area of the world will require enormous amounts of money and workers to restore its infrastructure, which will take months if not years to complete.  

Thanks to technology, we're connected to the good and the bad happening all over the world, all the time.  It's easy to feel overwhelmed.  In fact, many of us glance at the headlines, feel upset, and click to another webpage.  How can we stay with the suffering of others, and share their distress? 

A few weeks ago, we listed some useful Buddhist practices and prayers to generate compassion and wisdom.  Below are a few more ways to get involved by donating or just following and supporting the wonderful people and organizations helping on the ground in Nepal.  We also recommend Justin Whitaker's long list of Buddhist relief organizations and their inspiring efforts in NepalBut mainly we wish to encourage everyone to notice when you look away, and return to your heart.  As our teacher and friend Sharon Salzberg says,

When we hit the right note of compassion and we're not just lost in sorrow it connects us to a really big picture of life, almost like a feeling like we're all in this together. So you don't feel so distinctly responsible for making someone else's suffering go away, but you understand that we are all in this together.

 

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and his foundation, Live to Love volunteers are on the ground helping villages in need.

Ani Choyling Dolma, Buddhist leader and humanitarian, and her nuns are distributing food and helping to organize relief efforts. (See left photo.)

An IDP Member is involved with supporting a rural school in Nepal. It was all but destroyed in the earthquake, and a fund has been started to feed and relocate its 286 students.

 

 

 

 

 

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