Saturday, April 25, 2015

Earthquake in Nepal Brings Buddhist World Together


Whatever was broken, we will fix. Whatever was destroyed, we will rebuild. We will care for the living and attend to the dead. As Buddhists, we will rise to this occasion, and give good account.

Buddhist organizations the world over are being asked to mobilize immediately. This is a catastrophic event touching the lives of millions.

Key steps to take are as follows:

(1) Establish and maintain reliable lines of communication.
(2) Coordinate what you are told by government agencies with what you are learning from local informants.
(3) Determine status of airport closure. Is there damage to runway? Will airport remain closed to all but military traffic? Will military assist NGO in region to place personnel? When are press flights allowed?
(4) Establish financial links so that hard money can reach the hands of your trusted person on the ground.
(5) Then, and only then, set about to insert your organization's troubleshooter from overseas.
(6) Learn who the lead press people are on the ground, and coordinate with them. You want something. They want something.
(7) Learn who else is doing what you are trying to do and help each other.
(8) Work according to a definite plan, with definite goals. Don't be sidetracked into "mission drift."
(9) Operate for the benefit of all beings.

Om Mani Padme Hum


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2 reader comments:

Diane Richards said...

Bodhivastu http://www.thegreatawakening.org/nenkl-relief/ is a (NY) non-profit org led by Lama Rangbar, a student of HH Chatral Rinpoche, Namkhai Norbu and Dudjom Rinpoche. We already have a ground crew mobilzed and providing relief, focusing on the remote areas of Sankhu and Yomo initially. Since Lama lived in Nepal for 20 years, he still has staff there and we work through our sister organization, the Himalayan Light Foundation locally in Nepal. Lama has established his own center in Sankhu as an emergency relief shelter for the upper villagers. We are providing tents, sending food and medical supplies. To donate, please go to the above website or call us at 845.226.6663 or email info@bodhivastu.org. Thank You for any help you can provide !

Diane Richards said...

Bodhivastu http://www.thegreatawakening.org/nenkl-relief/ is a (NY) non-profit org led by Lama Rangbar, a student of HH Chatral Rinpoche, Namkhai Norbu and Dudjom Rinpoche. We already have a ground crew mobilzed and providing relief, focusing on the remote areas of Sankhu and Yomo initially. Since Lama lived in Nepal for 20 years, he still has staff there and we work through our sister organization, the Himalayan Light Foundation locally in Nepal. Lama has established his own center in Sankhu as an emergency relief shelter for the upper villagers. We are providing tents, sending food and medical supplies. To donate, please go to the above website or call us at 845.226.6663 or email info@bodhivastu.org. Thank You for any help you can provide !