Posts Categorized: Personal Stories

A visit from Rajesh Hamal!

Yesterday afternoon, Rajesh Hamal, a famous Nepalese actor, paid a visit to our emergency office. Everyone was delighted to see him (such a familiar face!) and his appearance enlivened the atmosphere for the monks and other volunteers who’d been working non-stop since morning. Phakchok Rinpoche greeted Rajesh, discussed our relief efforts to him, and showed him around… Read more »

A sober account of his visit to Prok, Nubri by Khenpo Karma Gyurme

This morning, Khenpo Karma Gyurme (aka Tokpa Tulku) of Ka-nying Shedrub Ling was at long last able to travel by helicopter to his hometown of Prok in Nubri. Not only did he travel there to deliver 600kg of much-needed supplies from the Foundation, but he also went in search of his mother who lives there… Read more »

The greatest gift was just being there – an interview with Ratna Mangalam

At lunchtime today, Libby Hogg interviewed Ratna Mangalam of our Pal Do-Ngak Nyida Mindrol Norbuling monastery about his experience in Yangri. Ratna shares his concerns and feelings and explains that in many ways, just being there for the people is the greatest medicine at this troubled time.

Farewell for now from Ben Ewing

One of our student volunteers Ben Ewing dropped in to say goodbye at the “office” today. He is leaving for the USA, having helped out on two of our relief trips – one as a motorbike scout to Lalitpur and the other with the Singapore medical team to Sindhupalchowk. Too tired to think of much… Read more »

A touching thank you from Robby Offner

Robby Offner, a student at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, volunteered at the Foundation’s emergency office after the earthquake. Until he had to return to USA several days ago, he worked from dawn to dusk collecting reports and writing updates for this website. After landing in USA, he sent us the following letter of thanks for Phakchok Rinpoche:… Read more »

Shane’s Account

Rangjung Yeshe Institute student and former US army squad medic Shane Basse from Portland, Oregon called in at our makeshift office to tell us that he’d managed to track down and assist little Khandro, a critically injured 12-year old whom he’d helped evacuate by helicopter from the Yolmo village of Jatan, above Melamchi Bazaar. He’d… Read more »

CGLF Collaborates with Pharping Monastery

This week, Hadi El Rabbat, a volunteer originally from Egypt and raised in Germany, came to CGLF to organize an aid delivery for the village of Sermatang, located in Hyolmo. He had an emotional connection to the village, having done research there for a project back in 2013, and felt an overwhelming urge to help… Read more »

Changes at Our Monastery

On an average day at Ka-nying Shedrub Ling monastery, the sounds of puja rituals are heard both morning and evening coming from the main prayer hall. Post earthquake, the pujas continue but now from a large white tent in the front garden. In some ways the monastery has been turned upside down while in other… Read more »