Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nepal quake aftermath: 1,000 monasteries flattened

May 2015 – NEPAL – An estimated 200 Buddhist nuns and monks died after more than 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the 14 districts hit hardest by the earthquakes, according to the Buddhist Philosophy Promotion and Monastery Development Committee [BPPMDC]. The committee, under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, said that all 215 monasteries in Sindhupalchok district were flattened by the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks. Six monks have been reported dead in the district so far. A total of 150 Buddhist monasteries collapsed in Gorkha, 105 in Dhading, 60 in Rasuwa and 60 in Solukhumbu. There are reports of them destroyed in Nuwakot, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Makwanpur, Lamjung and Syangja as well. “What we have is a preliminary report of damages caused by the quake,” said Bhadra Bahadur Golay, under-secretary at the BPPMDC.


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19 comments:

Sarah said...

Their gods have to be carried to safety. Not so with Hashem. Perhaps with so many of our young practicing this avodah zarah, this is what needed to happen. We are a light to the nations.. Not the other way around ya'll

Avi said...

1) Buddhists don't worship a god.
2) If an earthquake hit NY City, how many pictures would we have of people carrying out Sifrei Torah?
3) How many Shuls have been destroyed in Eretz Yisroel due to earthquakes?

Your post is not very enlightening.

Leah said...

I gave my d'var torah on this exact topic.

Anonymous said...

Shalom Devorah,
We are living in incredible times. B'H.

If you think this okay, put this video up of Rabbi Kin. He is saying what all human kind need to know.
Surely, you will be blessed. You are already. B'H.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPQuYiXJGZM

Have a wonderful peaceful week.

sincerely.
stella c.

Devorah said...

''thousand'' - אלף - alef
Nepal - נפאל
The word נפאל actually contains the word אלף
נפל - ''to fall'', plus the א [alef - thousand]
= נפאל

Anonymous said...

Its not by coincidence that the largest populations of idol worships (The East) live on one of the most active and violent plates in the world. Earthquakes, Typhoons, and Tsunamis constantly occuring.

sophia boswell said...

and g-d said"" nothing new is under the sun"" ,,, outside of this... i personally think that this was a wake up call for the idol worshippers to see how great our g-d is and to turn from thier ways,,,,for many prophets declared during these times you will see the signs ha-shem has set forth....

Anonymous said...

To Avi: Buddhism per se does not worship gods, but tibetan buddhism does. It incorporated elements of the pagan Bon religion that preceded it and de facto does worship gods, many of them.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a tragedy. We shouldn't become arrogant over our heritage; taken to an extreme it becomes ISIS.

We are fortunate; we need no external form to worship H"; they do.

We should not lose our compassion, Tiferet, because this is currently the best path to holiness for them as far as they know.

Moshe said if someone else was given the gifts I have been given they might have been greater. So with us; not to lose humility and rachmones for the suffering of human beings made in the image of H".

Devorah said...

Anonymous @2:23 - beautiful thoughts, thank you.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon 2.23. There does seem to be a lot of Schadenfreude from orthodox Jews especially. Most of these unfortunate victims (though not all) did not choose their idol worshipping beliefs and practices, they know no other way of life, and they are people just like us at the end of the day - so have a heart!
SW

Anonymous said...

I don't really think it's a case of not having a heart, I'm sure everyone feels sympathy for those who are suffering. We don't rejoice over other peoples' pain. Sometimes it may come across that way though. In reality we are rejoicing at the destruction of the world of lies, not at the suffering of those poor people G-d forbid. We are actually forbidden to rejoice when Hashem's creations are killed, no matter who they are.

Leah said...

I gave my d'var Torah on parshas Yitro. I brought in to the mix a verbal recap of a video of a Nepalese woman giving a tour of Kathmandu. She goes to the city center and shows her "god" in a cage. She displays the rice for her "god" to eat and water that has also been left for her "god" to bathe in. She states, "The people see the people see these statues as more than effigies- they are god."
Yes, we are to have compassion on the injured, yet as for their avoda zora- it is inexcusable. It is dispicable. Avoda zora is the worship of these statues.
All peoples are responsible for the Noachide Laws. It is not tinook she nishba- to be born into a cultural norm or a family norm and to be given leniency for it because one knows nothing else.
The woman goes on to mention that they must lock up their "god" because it may be stolen. I ask you: how is it possible to have a "god" who needs to be locked up at night because it may be stolen.
How is it possible gold or other metal statues that not only do not provide you sustenance, yet also do not utilize what you leave for it?
How is it possible to worship like this for centuries? Does the human whose hands fashion their "god" now think they are "god" because they have fashioned "god"?
It is brought down in our holy Torah that everyone is responsible for the seven universal laws.
There is no excuse for worshiping graven images because it is all one knows.

Leah said...

Anonymous @ 10:49,you may be interested in looking again at your response on Buddhism not being avodah zora (if this is what you are implying.)
Take care.

Anonymous said...

Leah, beautifully expressed, deserving of a yasher koach!!!

Leah said...

Thanks. :)

Dassie said...

I also feel bad for those suffering from the recent natural disasters.

But I already felt bad for these same people who were suffering before due to the cruelty, poverty, disease, and exploitation endemic in these avodah zara cultures, despite these same people otherwise seeming to be quite nice.

Dassie said...

These are excellent points, Leah, and I second Anonymous's opinion that you expressed them beautifully.

And you describe clearly how much she is investing in protecting her "gods" instead of selling them to alleviate the terrible suffering around her -- because these pieces of metal are more important to idolaters than human beings created in God's Divine image. Her gods are heartless and so is she. You are what you worship...?

Leah said...

Yes, of course anonymous(to several anonymous's) we.do not.rejoice in another's sufferings. Absolutely.
It's the avodah zara.that we are against.