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Al Jazeera report on Chinese response to the Tibetan emergency

April 22, 2010

Thanks to Annie Dibble for forwarding this –

By Melissa Chan in
  • on April 20th, 2010

    The most fascinating development from this quake disaster has been the ad-hoc congregation of monks from across the provinces to help with relief efforts. 


    The most fascinating development from this quake disaster has been the ad-hoc congregation of monks from across the provinces to help with relief efforts. 

    They’ve come in the thousands to Yushu county, by bus or motorbike, their presence as visible as government-dispatched rescue workers. And they’ve brought with them food or shovels, come in prayer – or to direct traffic. 

    Up on the hill overlooking the city on Saturday, many of them joined together to chant prayers for the dead during the mass cremation, and scouring the place, we didn’t see a single government official present. 

    The government had stepped back to let the spiritual leaders do their work. This being China, I found that incredible.

    While events occur where Tibetan Buddhist monks gather in large numbers, such as during festivals or during occasional public teachings, they are always monitored and organised in conjunction with local authorities and police. 

    Historic differences

    The level of distrust is high between Chinese and Tibetans, and for Beijing, the memory of the riots in this region two years ago is still fresh and frightening.

    The government is concerned with stability, and worries over any kind of assembly of peoples, be they Tibetans or dispossessed farmers.

    Robert Barnett, director of the modern Tibetan studies programme at Columbia University, says the gathering of monks had been a tradition for hundreds of years.

    They would meet in Lhasa every spring, rebuilding the river dykes to stop flooding. 

    “[But now] for this mass civil engagement to happen under the current Chinese administration, which has tried increasingly to keep the monks away from the rest of society, seems very remarkable.”

    Surely authorities are looking at the situation very closely, and very nervously.  Why they even allow this to be happening is a mystery. 

    Many monks are meeting for the first time. Different sects and branches of Tibetan Buddhism that rarely interact are now united in one cause.

    In the coming days, if not already, they will exchange ideas and opinions, and surely, one can imagine, they will start talking about things.

    Things such as the rioting two years ago, or things about the Dalai Lama, or perhaps dissatisfaction with Chinese administration in Tibetan areas.

    Already, monks from Serda Lharong monastery in Sichuan province are pulling together names of the dead, in an independent effort to verify the official tally.

    This kind of action is exactly the sort that has brought trouble to Sichuan earthquake activists. 

    It will be worth keeping an eye on how the government responds in the coming days and weeks to this sudden blossoming of civic action from a group of people they’ve always had deep suspicions of.

    Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s appeal for victims of the Tibet earthquake

    April 20, 2010

    HH Karmapa’s latest on Tibetan earthquake

    April 18, 2010

    An Appeal from the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa on Behalf of Victims of the Xinghai Earthquake

    The large earthquake in Yushu County, Xinghai Province, has caused great loss of life and injured many people. To date the death toll has risen above 1000 and the number of those severely injured has also risen above 1000. In total, more than 10,000 people have been injured.

    When I heard this tragic news, I was very saddened at the loss, and began immediately to offer prayers for those who have been affected by this incident, both those who have lost their lives and the survivors. May those who have died be freed from the bardo state of terror and suffering of such an unexpected death, and be reborn in the pure lands or a higher realm. May the survivors who have undergone the suffering of loss of relatives and friends and the trauma of losing their homes be comforted and find relief. May they receive the emergency help they need as soon as possible, and be able to rebuild their lives. I will pray ceaselessly for this.

    I request the monasteries of the different schools and devotees, near and far, to offer the following prayers: the Guru Rinpoche Prayers Barchey Lamsel, Sampa Lhundrub and Sampa Nyurdrub; the Wangdu Soldeb composed by Mipham Rinpoche; recitation of the mantras of Chenresig and Heyagriva; recitation of the saddhanas of the Medicine Buddha, Amitabha Buddha and Akshobhya Buddha; night-long recitation of The Twenty-One Praises of Tara.

    In addition, I would ask everyone to contribute, directly or indirectly, to the relief work. I have instructed the Karmapa Foundation in America to donate $200,000 for immediate aid for the victims of this disaster and to help with the task of rebuilding. I have called on all Buddhists and compassionate people to pray sincerely for the victims of this earthquake, and to do their best, according to each one’s capacity, to become involved or sponsor different kinds of relief activity so that it will be effective.

    Death and impermanence is an integral part of life. When this kind of disaster strikes, may the power of the natural goodness within all of us provide physical and mental comfort and the courage to start anew.

    When you are happy, dedicate that happiness to all beings,

    so that happiness may pervade the sky.

    When you suffer, you are bearing the suffering of all beings.

    May the ocean of suffering become dry completely.

    17th Gyalwang Karmapa,
    Ogyen Trinley Dorje,

    17th April, 2010

    Rinpoche’s news on the earthquake in Tibet

    April 16, 2010

    Prayers for earthquake victims in Kham, Tibet
    by mfordscot on April 15, 2010

    You have all heard of the great destruction of life and infrastructure in Kham around Yushu area. Please send them prayers and any kinds of help that you can. I have heard that Thrangu Monastery is very much destroyed and many others are also damaged. I haven’t yet able to make any contacts to Rigul but there was some destruction and 3 people died in Tsa Tsa very near to Rigul.
    With Best Wishes

    From Ian
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    Mani mantras will also help