Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nepal at this time of great tragedy.
Fortunately, we have received word that no one was seriously injured at our Guru’s monastery in Kathmandu. However, the quake did cause significant damage to several of the buildings including the Main Shrine Hall and also the new Dining and Meditation Hall. The buildings did not collapse but sustained extensive cracks and structural damage. Some of the monks have moved outside and are sleeping in tents on the courtyard grass. The large Buddha Statue in front of the monastery toppled over and broke into pieces and some of the retaining walls have collapsed.
The monastery is now facing a difficult time as it struggles with the recovery efforts. There are already shortages of food and water and the situation in Kathmandu is unstable. The monastery plans to move the monks down to the Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya when bus transport comes available. Repairs will undoubtedly take years and the costs could be substantial.
The Yongey Tergar Osel Ling Monastery Relief Fund has been established for those that wish to contribute to the recovery efforts. All funds that are received will be sent directly to the Monastery for use in the recovery work there as well as for relief efforts for the people in Nepal. Checks should be made out to the “Yongey Buddhist Center” and mailed to the Center address. Please include your full name and address so that a receipt can be mailed to you. Please read President Dorje Palmo’s message below.
Earthquake – President’s Message