Pilgrimage Turn Into Earthquake Support

I planned to go to Yushu during my pilgrimage to Kham after attending the Guru Rinpoche festival in Aba. But the pilgrimage turned into a relief support for Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche’s family and other victims in Yushu. Here are some pictures from the earthquake site. I wished to be with them more but thought it would be better to help from home:

A girl at her collapsed house

Survivor camp atmosphere – this one is from Tashi Darthang village where I stayed

The disaster brought Tibetans from many regions together. Monks from various monasteries came to rescue.

Half collapsed houses

Another survivor

Wishing we could do more to help relieve our fellows’ suffering

Survivors’ new homes

How we cook

This one collapsed 4 days after the earthquake.

Damage that couldn’t be described

Receiving water

Exhausted rescue soldiers

Hope remains…

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for Earthquake Donations

The Thousand Stars Foundation and I greatly appreciate the donations for Tibetan earthquake victims. I can’t use facebook here but can read your comments in my email. Yonten and I are fine here. We are visiting our nunnery project in Dzachukha. After that we will be returning to Chengdu. If the donations are made to my Chengdu account by April 26, I will transfer them all to the victims. Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche are still at the site and will coordinate with me on this.

Letter on Tibetan Earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai


20 April 2010
Dzachukha (Shiqu), eastern Tibet
Report on Tibetan earthquake in Yushu (Jyekundo), Khampa town in Qinghai province




I was in Yushu on 16-19 April visiting my Tibetan friends who survive one of the most serious earthquakes in Tibetan history. The earthquakes hit the area on 14 April. When we heard the news, we rented a car and came here right away. Our journey from Aba (Ngawa) covered a distance of more than 1000 kilometers.

The first minor quake took place at 5.40 am. This was followed by a most serious one at 7 am – the time many children, particularly those who have not been to school were still sleeping.


The disaster took place only a few minutes but it killed thousands of peoples (mainly Tibetans) and damaged countless homes, monasteries and schools.

The badly affected areas are Tibetan village zones where houses were made of mud. Even Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche’s sister’s home was completely destroyed. This is where he stayed when he came to Yushu. The house had been my home for several years when I came to Yushu to do a linguistic research. Rinpoche’s niece and her son were instantly killed in this tragedy. His nephew is injured and hospitalized in Xining. Eight other relatives of his were also killed.

On the 18 we visited Pathang district where Rinpoche was born. Fortunately, the school, which he built and the foundation supported, is left intact, though many kids lost their families. The school has been closed from the day of earthquake and will be like this for months till teachers and children can gather themselves again. Airplanes were flying in the newly built airport on the side of the mountains facing the school. Things are changing. And nature has to give way to science and development.

On the way to the school we stopped at a cemetary where 30 monks of Trangu Monastery were buried and cremated. The monastery was badly hit. And two villages nearby completely collapsed. That day President Hu flew to Yushu (via Patang) to visit surviving families. We were stuck in a road for 6 hours – good time to reflect on death and impermanence and time to plan of what to do next.

After the quake, many stories were told. On the 14 Yushu has become a haunted town, where only cries were heard. Some died in blazing fire, that occurred after the quake. Some tried to rescue their loved ones with no awail. Rinpoche said 500 people that he knew were killed.

On the 17 we gathered at the cremation site with many monks from Jyeku and nearby monasteries. I looked at the corpses wrapped in cloth being taken to the site and the pictures of naked corpses awaiting cremation with no feelings but sorrow that can’t be expressed.

On behalf of the victims Rinpoche and I would like to beg for relief donations from our Thai and international friends. We not only want food and basic necessities for the people but we are thinking to rebuild families, support kids, particularly those who lost their parents, take care of the elderly who lost their children or caretakers, as well as help those who can no longer work after they come back from hospitals.

Please help us spread the news on this Tibetan earthquake and support us in whatever way you can.

Donations can be made in my Chengdu account in China, the Thousand Stars Foundation accounts in Thailand, or by Paypal. Please write to Panpilat at 1000tara@gmail.com for detail on money transfer.

I’ll write more stories, show videos, and post pictures when I return home on April 28. The donations will be given to the survivors right away.

In compassion and gratitude
Dr. Krisadawan Hongladarom (Kesang Dawa)
hkesang@yahoo.com

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

Radiance in Simplicity

Tonight, a dawn of a new day, twinkling stars fill the sky. Some emit lights above the mountains; some line up linking the sky’s horizon with water. No matter whether we look on the right or left only we see little stars contesting with each other in the dark. Rising moon above the mountains shines with a gentle, calm light. I look through papaya shadows to the scene of that radiant light. The scene leads my mind to another dimension – gentleness of the night, natural beauty amidst simplicity. I sit still in that simplicity. When mind is calm, it connects with the universe. At that moment, there is simply awakening. No thinking, being or seeing. There is only radiance in simplicity and a light body, which is clear mind’s abode…

Khadiravana

6 April 2010

ความกระจ่างในความเป็นธรรมดา

ค่ำคืนนี้ รุ่งอรุณของวันใหม่ ดาวระยิบระยับเต็มฟากฟ้า บางดวงสุกสกาวเหนือขุนเขา บางดวงตั้งทะแยงเป็นเส้นยาวพาดแผ่นฟ้าเหนือแผ่นน้ำ ไม่ว่าจะมองทางซ้ายหรือขวา จะเห็นเพียงดาวดวงเล็กๆที่แข่งกันส่องสว่างในความมืด จันทร์ข้างขึ้นลอยอยู่เหนือหุบเขาเปล่งแสงนวล ฉันมองผ่านเงาของต้นมะละกอไปยังแสงกระจ่างนั้น ภาพเบื้องหน้านำพาจิตไปสู่อีกมิติหนึ่ง มิติแห่งความอ่อนโยนของรัตติกาล แห่งความงามของธรรมชาติในท่ามกลางความเป็นธรรมดา ฉันนั่งนิ่งสงบในความเป็นธรรมดานั้น เมื่อจิตนิ่ง จิตเชื่อมต่อกับจักรวาล ณ วินาทีนั้น มีเพียงการตื่นรู้ ไม่มีการ คิด เป็น หรือ เห็น มีเพียงความกระจ่างในความเป็นธรรมดาและกายอันบางเบาอันเป็นที่พำนักของจิตชัดใส

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Drawing as an Art of Meditation & Relaxation

Drawing as an Art of Meditation and Relaxation

8 May 2010, 9 am-4 pm, Foundation House, 695 Ladprao Soi 11

Deadline of registration: 30 April 2010


The Thousand Stars Foundation is pleased to invite interested persons, practitioners and students to attend a course on “Drawing as an Art of Meditation and Relaxation” on Saturday 8 May 2010 (9 am-4 pm) at the Foundation House, 695 Ladprao Soi 11, Bangkok.

Drawing is a way to meditate. Medical experiment shows that drawing and painting can help children who have problem with concentration. This course combines drawing with meditation and relaxation. It does not emphasize on beauty and convention but on mindfulness. Learners need not have any background in drawing or painting.

Content of the Course
1. Tibetan drawing style – combination of drawing with meditation and visualization. The skill is imperative for thangka painters.
2. Free drawing style – drawing with a sense of let go, no expectation.

Program
9.00-9.30 Meditation and visualization
9.30-10.30 Tibetan drawing I
10.30-11.00 Break
11.00-12.30 Tibetan drawing II
12.30-13.15 Lunch
13.15-15.30 Meditation and mindfulness
13.30-14.30 Free drawing I
14.30-15.00 Break
15.00-16.00 Free drawing II

Course Fee
700 baht including lunch, snacks and drawing materials. Learners need to register in advance by 30 April 2010.

How to Make Payment
Transfer the fee to any of the following accounts
Account name: “Thousand Stars Foundation”
Krung Thai Bank, Siam Square Branch, savings account no. 052-0-02254-8
Siam Commercial Bank, Siam Square Branch, savings account no. 038-431667-8
Kasikorn Bank, Central Ratanatibet Branch, savings account no. 391-2-66998-9
Bangkok Bank, Central Ratanatibet Branch, savings account no. 924-0-05512-0

Venue
Foundation House, 695 Ladprao Soi 11. A map can be downloaded at www.thousand-stars.org or https://krisadawan.wordpress.com (please click at maps).

Contact
Khun Panpilai Kairith 1000@gmail.com, Ajarn Supachok at 081 7200 645, Fax 02 528 5308.

About the Instructor
Ajarn Supachok Chumsai Na Ayudhya
B.F.A Silpakorn University
Aj. Supachok has studied art in various religious traditions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. His areas of interest include Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist art styles, history and development of art, and comparative art. At present, Aj. Supachok is an independent artist creating contemporary Buddhist art and serves as a special lecturer at Faculty of Fine Arts, Burapa University and at Philosophy Department, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University.

Attached Picture File
Paining of Buddha image by 10th Karmapa. It does not conform convention but is a great piece of art which expresses the painter’s sincerity and purity of mind.

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