Please Include Nepal Earthquake Victims in Your Prayers
Dear Sangha Members and Friends,
As you have no doubt heard, very large earthquakes have struck the central region of Nepal with devastating effects. Many of our precious teachers are there now, and are already helping to repair damage to statues and precious temples, not to mention praying for those who have lost their lives and possessions.
Many monks and sangha members are living in these regions of Nepal that have been so badly damaged. These are very poor areas, and many people have lost their lives and homes there. Along with the earthquakes, there have also been a lot of aftershocks, rain, cold temperatures, landslides and avalanches.
During this time of enormous difficulty for the people of Nepal, please keep in your prayers all the victims in Nepal, India, and Tibet, who have been affected by this tragedy. Please help pray for these people, as well as for so many other beings and situations in this world and beyond.
We are taking up a collection to help the communities in these areas with desperately-needed relief. If you would like to help support this effort, please visit our support page. You can make a donation via PayPal, and add "Nepal" in the memo section. You may also leave donations at the temple with Lama Lobtsul, or in the offering box in the temple. Again, please put "Nepal" in the memo section of your donation.
Thank you all, and may all beings benefit!
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