I feel very small and helpless these days in the wake of the Kham TIBET earthquake. I feel like I should be doing more to help, but in my own situation, all I can do is offer prayers and keep as many people as possible informed of what's happening by passing along relevant links.
Once again, my friend at Zen Dirt Zen Dust has compiled information on places offering assistance to earthquake victims. You can see his list here:
How to Aid Victims of the Tibetan Earthquake
I am trying to post links to all stories of merit on my twitter and facebook accounts.
The most important ones today are:
Dalai Lama seeks China's Permission to Visit Earthquake Victims
Message from HH Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to Quake Victims in both Tibetan and English
Newsweek Article on Quake's Coverage in China
To Die With Dignity in Your Own Land an amazing piece on Huffington Post regarding the quake and its aftermath.
Updated to add:
Images of Quake Aftermath Some of the most moving, detailed images I've come across regarding this incident.
Meanwhile, life must go on. I am in the midst of packing, wrapping up my time "off", and will be moving cross-country yet again this coming Tuesday for the seasonal job which will hopefully cover most of my expenses for my next trip (currently slated for early September) to volunteer with the Tibetan exile community in McleodGanj, where my heart lies.
I plan to post a new entry regarding my travels along the Buddhist path once I am settled in my new "home".
As always, my thoughts and prayers are with the Tibetans and all those working on their behalf.
May all beings be happy and at peace.
The following video is from Al Jazeera English language. The monks' names have been Sinocized, but it offers a view of what is going on in Kham.