The Spiritual Core in Ruins

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Postwhere he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete article.

Rinpoche meets with Nepalese officials.

Rinpoche meets with Nepalese officials.

People are in trauma everywhere in Nepal. Like a doctor in an emergency room, aid workers are focused on the most immediate needs first: food, shelter and medical care. But people’s dignity and culture are equally important—and equally at risk.

In Kathmandu, I spent an afternoon with number of leaders, including the President of the World League for Freedom and Democracy – Nepal Chapter; the former Minister of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Indra B. Gurung; and Constituent Assembly member and President of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, Nagendra Kumal. Kumul’s federation is an umbrella organization that represents 48 minority groups. That’s probably half the population of Nepal, each with a unique dialect and culture. These people are often relatively poor and disadvantaged—and they have been particularly hard-hit by the earthquakes. READ MORE

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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.