Relief fund for the people of Nepal

Our sister organization, the United Trungram Buddhist Foundation (UTBF) has established the Buddhist Relief Services Fund, with the express purpose of supplying emergency aid now, then supporting the rebuilding efforts in the coming months. In the following letter, Rinpoche asks for everyone’s support.


With the disastrous earthquake measuring 7.8 or 8.1 Mw, occurring at 11:56 NST on 25 April, Nepal, the nation known for Never-Ending Peace and Love, has now become a nation of extreme suffering, beset by casualties, death and destruction.

People of Nepal, my heart goes out to you. I pray for all those who did not survive, and for all those who are living in fear, struggling for survival. I wish for your safety, and your swift return to normalcy.

To those who watch from afar, I humbly urge you to pray for Nepal and especially for those in need. I also ask that you send your financial support, to help save lives now and rebuild lives later.

Despite the best efforts of aid agencies, it is not always easy to reach those who are most in need—and they are often too weak to seek help themselves. The continuing aftershocks add further complexity. The monks and nuns of the Trungram Monastery are helping those in surrounding communities—but they need help themselves.

 Our United Trungram Buddhist Foundation (UTBF) has established the Buddhist Relief Services Fund. The goal is to help save lives now, and rebuild lives later. Our immediate focus is on supplying food, water, medicine and temporary shelter for those in need.

 Soon, we will turn to longer-term recovery efforts, helping people re-establish themselves, rebuilding the Sankhu monastery and founding an orphanage for those bereft by the earthquake.

Please support our efforts.


Trugram Gyaltrul

You can contribute to UTBF and Dharmakaya’s efforts through this link. Thank you.

Meaning of Abbreviations

* The following day is a missing or a double date accroding to Tibetan calendar.
BA Amitabha Buddha Day
BD Baden: unfavourable for putting up flags
BM Medicine Buddha Day
BS Shakyamuni Buddha Day
DP Dharmapala Day
LD Ludok: unfavourable for Naga Offering
LT Luthep: favourable for Naga Offering
ME Moon Eclipse: great day for accumulation of merit
NG Ngenpa Guzom: unfavourable for new project, e.g. gathering, inauguration
NN Nyinag: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
SE Sun Eclipse: a greater day for accumulation of merit
SN Shakngen: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
TN Tashi Nyima: auspicious day in a general sense
YK Yenkong: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
ZC Zangpo Chuzom: auspicious day, good for gathering

Duchen great anniversaries, special days of Buddha Shakyamuni, etc., good for accumulating merits.
Tsezang good days for accumulating merits
Naga Powerful long-lived serpent-like beings who inhabit in water, guard great treasure. Some great protectors of the Dharma are nagas such as Eight Major Nagas.