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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00

Love Continues Three Years Post-Earthquake

Written by  Chay Choon Foong, Nepal / Translated by Lee Hui Yieng

The nunnery feels solemn again after the completion of the repair work. The re-opening ceremony was graced by 300 Dharma Masters and guests. [Photograph by Ng Kee Seng]

When Thrangu Tara Abbey in Kathmandu, Nepal, was severely damaged from the two earthquakes in 2015, Tzu Chi promised to assist in the repair work. Now, the repair and reinforcement work, undertaken by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, has been completed, and Tzu Chi was invited to attend the handover and re-opening ceremony.


Since a strong earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, Tzu Chi has not stopped extending aid and care to the locals, and has inspired some locals to serve as volunteers.

As some buildings of Thrangu Tara Abbey, including the main building, were badly damaged and needed a major repair, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor took up the repair and reinforcement project.

After 15 months of work, the project is now complete. On April 25, 2018, three years after the earthquake, Tzu Chi volunteers were invited to attend the handover and re-opening ceremony of the nunnery buildings. The ceremony conducted in Buddhist rituals were also graced by some 300 Dharma Masters and guests.

Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, read aloud the letter from Master Cheng Yen, conveying Master’s well wishes for the monastic practitioners to have a safe and peaceful place for spiritual cultivation, and to spread the great compassion and love of the Buddha, from the Buddha’s birthplace.

To express their appreciation and respect, Thrangu Tara Abbey also specially printed photographs of its 85-year-old founder, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, and Master Cheng Yen, on the banner hung at the ceremony.

Khenpo Chonyi Rangdol of Thrangu Tara Abbey conveyed gratitude to Tzu Chi and Master Cheng Yen, and the assistance that came from various countries, which had enabled the nunnery to be restored within a short period of time.

Handover of containers for reuse

On April 24, Echo Chien, on behalf of Tzu Chi, handed over five containers that were used to transport relief supplies to Nepal post-earthquake, to the local police. Dr Rajib Subba, the Deputy Inspector General, informed that they would like to use the containers as storage space for the Disaster Management Department. Prior to this, relief supplies were stored in temporary tents. Maniram Pradhan, a Nepalese volunteer, who has migrated to Taiwan for over two decades remarked, “It is not easy to find a container here. These containers fit their needs very well.”

Volunteers from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor also visited Phenday Care Children Home in the mountainous area, some 2-hour drive from Kathmandu. The Home housed 45 children aged between 6 and 15, and Tzu Chi has been caring for these children, who are either orphans or come from a single-parent family, for three years since the earthquake. Due to limited funding, the facilities are minimal and some children even have to share a bed. However, education is not compromised.

Volunteer teacher, Sonam Lama, a devout Buddhist who has high hope for the children said, “Sometimes we teach English, and sometimes the Tibetan language. We also help them in their homework. This is what I can do for them. I have hope and faith in them becoming good people who will think of others.”

With the love and care from the teachers and Tzu Chi volunteers, these children in the remote areas are positive about their future. A child, Pema Lama said, “My ambition is to become a doctor. I will be kind to the patients because sick people are poor.”

Hopefully, the continuous care will create a better future for the children, especially through education.

 

 

Khenpo Chonyi Rangdol of Thrangu Tara Abbey (centre) was happy to welcome Tzu Chi volunteers to the ceremony. He was grateful for the care and assistance rendered by Tzu Chi over the past three years. [Photograph by Wong Yik Loong]   Volunteers from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor paid a visit to the Founder of Thrangu Tara Abbey, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. [Photograph by Wong Yik Loong]

Khenpo Chonyi Rangdol of Thrangu Tara Abbey (centre) was happy to welcome Tzu Chi volunteers to the ceremony. He was grateful for the care and assistance rendered by Tzu Chi over the past three years. [Photograph by Wong Yik Loong]
 
Volunteers from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor paid a visit to the Founder of Thrangu Tara Abbey, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. [Photograph by Wong Yik Loong]
 
The handover ceremony was conducted following Buddhist rituals. Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor conveyed Master Cheng Yen’s wishes for the nunnery. [Photograph by Ng Kee Seng]   Tzu Chi volunteers were invited to attend the handover and reopening ceremony of the Thrangu Tara Abbey. [Photograph by Ng Kee Seng]

The handover ceremony was conducted following Buddhist rituals. Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor conveyed Master Cheng Yen’s wishes for the nunnery. [Photograph by Ng Kee Seng]
 
 
Tzu Chi volunteers were invited to attend the handover and reopening ceremony of the Thrangu Tara Abbey. [Photograph by Ng Kee Seng]
 
Tzu Chi handed over five containers to the local police.Witnessed by Dr Rajib Subba, the Deputy Inspector General (back), Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor received the appreciation letter on behalf of Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Wong Yik Loong]   Tzu Chi volunteers visited the Phenday Care Children Home in the mountainous areas. [Photograph by Wong Yik Loong]

Tzu Chi handed over five containers to the local police.Witnessed by Dr Rajib Subba, the Deputy Inspector General (back), Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor received the appreciation letter on behalf of Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Wong Yik Loong]
 
 
Tzu Chi volunteers visited the Phenday Care Children Home in the mountainous areas. [Photograph by Wong Yik Loong]