Collecting for Our Buddhist Monk Friends in Nepal

By Suzanne Ludekens

For more than a decade Buddhist monks from the Samtenling Monastery, Nepal have visited San Miguel de Allende on their annual peace tours of Mexico. Many of us have memories of attending ceremonies (pujas) at El Charco and in various private homes, or the exhibit of the sacred relics at El Sindicato. These monks captured our hearts with beautiful rituals, practical philosophy, playful humor and exemplary generosity.  Now is the time we can offer them our assistance.

Donation collection for Nepal
Atole and Tamales
Sun, May 24, 5-8pm
Home of Alicia Mayo
Privada Pila Seca 5
152 0376 (English)
415 111-9043 (Spanish)

Samtenling, located near the largest stupa of Kathmandu, is a poor monastery. It is home to around 90 children from impoverished families who send their children to train to become Buddhist monks with the hopes of a better life. (The tours of Mexico by the monks are their efforts at raising consciousness and funds for their work.) Since the recent devastating earthquakes the monks have remained at Samtenling Monastery to offer refuge, food and medical help to as many people as the structurally damaged buildings will permit. Water and food are scarce.

Sanmiguelense Laura Aguilar visited the monks in Nepal in 2014 and has remained in close contact with them. From weekly calls with the monastery director, Samten, Laura knows of their dire situation. “The monks are working arduously to care for as many people as possible as so many have been left homeless, hungry and injured,” she said. “They are also helping remove bodies from the rubble of the buildings that have collapsed. Samten tells me they see suffering everywhere but are tireless in their attention to others.”

Through this friendship of the monks with people in San Miguel de Allende we have a direct channel to donate to the people of Nepal. A few small amounts have been successfully wired to Samten. The full amount is received as no transfer costs or commissions are charged. Laura hopes to collect over US$1,000 to send next week as Samten has to walk for more than 24 hours to receive the transfer, valuable time that could be spent attending to others.

On Sunday, May 24 Alicia Mayo and Laura will receive donations for the Samtenling Monastery at Alicia’s home with an offering of atole and tamales. Donations in dollars or pesos are most welcome. If you cannot attend please call Alicia at 152 0376 (English) or Laura at 415 111-9043 (Spanish) to arrange the collection.


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