Another earthquake

Today around 12:50 Nepal time there was again quite a big but not very long earthquake. There were two weaker but longer aftershocks.

After the shaking I went looking around the monastery. The outer wall besides the kitchen now protrudes further outside along the previous crack from the first earthquake.

Our gatekeeper is so traumatized that he was left speechless. As far as I know, all the monks around Swoyambhu and Parphing are very safe. Many of our monks are in remote areas to distribute tents, food, medicine, financial aid, and so on. I could not manage to contact them. As soon as I hear of them, I will let you know.

Edward Henning received a short message from Thomas Sherab Drime shortly after the earthquake today. He is very fine and could manage to retrieve all of his belongings except his Dorje from the rubble of his retreat hut that collapsed during the initial earthquake.

That’s all for now.
Namaste,
Tempa and Florian Tashi

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Benchen team aid another village at Batase, Ramgot

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ADARA development medical team and Benchen medical team at Pharping village

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Benchen Monks with Italian news team. Karmapa Service society Nepal & Nepal Earthquake AID& Relief near Bhaktapur

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Benchen medical team at work

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Here is an update to the current situation.

On the 28th April the Benchen water truck went to Dachinkali, Kalimati, Teku, Boudha, and Pachdara in order to aid the shortage of water there. The monks went to various places in coordination with the Buddhist Committee. Dr. Tsering along with a group of monks went to Sanku to aid the very bad conditions there.
Today on the 29th the water truck went to other places, many groups of monks were offering their help where needed and Dr. Tsering again went to Sanku. The monastery has difficulties obtaining new food-stock for the monks, which is slowly running out. However, we can manage to offer tea to the people in the military camp nearby every morning and afternoon. There are some pictures of the monks brining a huge pot of tea to the camp which is filled in smaller pots and distributed among the people.
Namaste,
Tempa and  Florian Tashi
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Benchenmonks helpen the local community

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