When horrific things happen in the world, such as what is happening now in Nepal, we sometimes feel a sense of helplessness. It is so far away, so out of the realm of our experience, we may not even know anyone who lives there or has even been there. The disaster is so large and suffering so big, that we think, “what can I, one person, do?” I am here to tell you that your actions, your intentions, your thoughts, matter.
Years ago, I was serving on a silent meditation retreat. Serving with me, were two young women in their early 20s. These meditation centers are run entirely on donation and volunteers and some people “pay” for their course by serving. For me, serving on this retreat was an honor and a big responsibility. Holding space and helping to maintain a positive environment through cooking and serving food and looking out for all those in attendance. While the rest of us were getting up very very early in the morning to start breakfast preparations before the first sit, these two girls were sleeping in.
I was so upset that they seemed to be taking advantage of the system at the expense of others, and that they weren't taking the service seriously. But, there is no one really in charge, no official manager. I found a way to ask the teacher in a round about way how to deal with such a situation and she suggested doing metta, lovingkindness practice. And, so I did. I spent an entire meditation session doing metta practice for these girls. Then next day, they were both up early working and continued to do so for the rest of the retreat.
So please consider sending your love and prayers and energies to those in need. The beings of Nepal are not separate from us, they are us. If your foot was broken, wouldn't you focus on healing it? It seems very simple and you may not ever experience the direct effects of this but I feel certain that it WILL make a difference.
Today, three of my friends and I came together and chanted two books of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali together. Below is a prayer that was recommended by Tsoknyi Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who is based in Nepal. Say it three times with heartfelt wishes to the world. Or use or make up your own wishes for well-being. If you are interested and able, please consider DONATE directly to the Tsokyni Nuns providing relief .
If you have the financial resources to help one of the relief organizations, then please do. Here are a list of vetted organizations that are on the ground already and can filter the relief as directly as possible. Money is simply energy, and your energy will fuel relief for suffering from others.
Dusum Sangye Guru Rinpoche
Ngodrub Kundag Dewa Chenpo Shab
Barchey Kunsel Dudul Dragpo Tsal
Solwa Debso Jingyi Labtu Sol
Chinang Sangwey Barchey Shiwa Dang
Sampa Lhungyi Drubpar Jingyi Lob
Guru Rinpoche, Buddha of the three times,
Lord of all siddhis who is the one of great bliss,
Dispeller of all obstacles, wrathful tamer of Mara,
We supplicate you; please grant your blessings.
Grant your blessings that outer, inner
and secret obstacles be pacified
And that our intentions be spontaneously accomplished.