To All Bodhivastu Sangha, Friends and our extended Bodhivastu Communities,
Re: Message from Lama Rangbar
It deeply saddens me to write this letter. You have probably heard of the massive 7.9 earthquake that has struck Nepal. Many thousands of homes made from brick and mud are completely collapsed and even some modern buildings in city centers have fallen. The death toll has skyrocket by each hour and has passed 800. People are stuck in the rubble evenwhere and the town of my center, Sankhu Vajrayogini has been extremely effected as almost all the homes there are clay and sub-standard. The Hospitals are overflowing onto the streets and many main roads are completely unpassable due to being widely cracked.
At this time, I sincerely ask all of you to pray from the depths of your hearts that whoever is trapped survive long enough to be pulled out and also for those who have passed, that they arrive in the Lap of Amitabha Buddha. Please light as many butter lamps as possible and recite the following mantras and prayer:
Om Ami Dewa Hri
Om Mani Peme Hung Hri
Om Ah Hung Vajra Guru Pema Siddhi Hung
As well as the Du Sum Sangye Guru Rinpoche prayer as many times as possible.
Bodhivastu has set up a donation page especially for disaster support. I have offered our Bodhivastu center building and land with tents which is being established as an emergency hostel for as many as we can handle. Reports are coming to us hourly from several sources. Please give generously at this time as the suffering of there is difficult for us even to fathom. We will soon be posting a list of items we will need to serve the people with emergency food, shelter, medical expenses and later for restoration of some homes as possible.
We are assembling a team on the ground through our two Not-for-Profit organizations, Bodhivastu and Himalayan Light Foundation (HLF) for this critical work as soon as communications and transport allow. HLF has an office in KTM with some staff already in place.
For immediate relief donations: http://goo.gl/13slBm
And write “Earthquake relief fund” in the comment box.
For larger donations above $1,000 please contact us directly at 845-226-6663 and we will avail transfer instructions for the funds to save on transaction costs in order to get the most to the site itself.
Please circulate this letter as widely as possible without hesitation so that we can mobilize as many forces at the earliest time while urgent help is most badly needed.
Resting in active prayer,
119 Roosevelt Dr.
Poughquag, NY 12570