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Practice and Assistance for Philippines Typhoon Victims

monster-typhoon-philippines-haiyan_73273_600x450More than 10,000 people may have been killed in the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines Friday. Officials estimate that four million people have been affected and are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water.

The head of the Red Cross in the Philippines has described the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan as “absolute bedlam”. Global news media have carried heart-rending reports and images from the islands ravaged by the intense winds and tsunami-like flooding.

A huge international relief effort is under way. Rescue workers are trying to reach cut-off towns and villages.

Forecasters predict a tropical depression may move into the south and central Philippines on Tuesday, potentially bringing heavy rains that would further hamper relief efforts.

Please hold all the victims and their families, the relief workers, and people around the world who have been touched by this disaster in your hearts and practice.

All the world’s major humanitarian agencies, such as the Red Cross and others, as well as the United Nations and national governments, are working to deliver assistance. Please consider making a donation to whichever agency you wish. Most of the appeals have links on the internet.

Practitioners may dedicate their daily or other practice to all those affected, devote a session of tonglen practice to them, and/or recite the Heart Sutra, chanting the mantra 108 times, for their benefit.

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2 responses to “ Practice and Assistance for Philippines Typhoon Victims ”
  1. Kathy Castillo Southard
    Nov 12, 2013
    Reply

    It was good to see Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in NYC this weekend. I had a minute on Friday night at the very moment the typhoon was passing through the Phillippines while the Sakyong was signing my book to let him know I had many relatives there and to ask him to keep the Phillippines in his thoughts. He said he would. Very auspiciously Monday morning I was able to speak with him further at the airport as he was leaving NY. He mentioned to me seeing on the covers of so many newspapers the events happening in the Phillippines, he asked me more questions about what had happened, and he said he would be keeping my family and the Phillippines in his practice and thoughts. My mother was born in Cebu, Phillippines, one of 9 children. I have over 30 first cousins and more than I can count extended family members who still live in Cebu, which was severely impacted by the typhoon only weeks after recovering from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that caused a lot of destruction beforehand. So many were already struggling from that when the typhoon hit. I have learned all my family members are safe and survived, but the destruction seems more than incredible. How auspicious a Filipina sangha member could connect with the Sakyong at this very moment when I really wasn’t expecting to. May these blessings flow to all of the Phillippines.

    For places to send money, here’s a good list:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/09/philippines-haiyan-how-to-help-_n_4247106.html

  2. Margery Lynch
    Nov 11, 2013
    Reply

    Is it possible for the Sakyong Foundation to quickly put together a special fund that sangha members can donate to for victim relief of this terrible disaster? I would prefer to give money as a concerned member of Shambhala International than to the Red Cross or any other organization. We can put our name forward as an organization of compassion.


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