The news of the earthquake, the
loss of life and destruction in Nepal
and the damage to the Great Stupa and
monasteries amidst so much devastation
has been very disheartnening to me and to
all of us. I extend my deepest condolences
and sympathy to the monastics and to the
people of Nepal. We pray and invoke the
kindness of Three Jewels as we write.
Even though the compassion,
wisdom and power of the Buddhas are
indiscriminate for all and at all times, it
does make a significant difference in the
effectiveness of prayer according to our
own karmic connections and aspirations.
The people of Tibet and the Himalayan
region have a special bond with
Padmasambhava, who, through his
kindness, first established the Buddha’s
teachings in Tibet. At this very critical
moment I advise all to pray wholeheartedly
to Padmasambhava whose kindness is
more swift than other Buddhas. Read
the “Sampa Lhundrubma” and “Barche
Lamsel” prayers. I believe this certainly
will pacify naturally all the malevolent
and obstructing forces.
We pray, fervently, for the
deceased for their freedom from the fears
of lower birth and the state in between.
May they obtain a life of leisure and
opportunity. May they traverse the
stages and path to enlightenment and
in the end achieve state of Buddhahood.
May all who are harmed, physically or
mentally, quickly be freed from their
pain and suffering and have a long and
A number of Sakya monateries plus the International Buddhist academy (Sakya College in Katmandu) plus many other sites are known to have been badly affected, some left in ruins.
The Sakya Thubten Ling will be sending a donation to His Holiness to be applied to help the people of Nepal. If you wish to add your contribution to our donation, you can hand it in at the Centre marked “Earthquake Appeal (in a gift aid envelope, if appropriate) or you can donate online through our sister charity the Tibetan Sakya Trust, founded by the Venerable Khenpo Lekshey on
(red sponsorship button on the front page).