Thrangu Monastery Lament

(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)


Earth shakes in grief,

Water floods in tears

Air rises, too high

Fire bows down in blue sorrow

Space holds all in grace

Thrangu Monastery!

In famous province

of Tibet, in Kham

In Kahm of great fame

Where minds were made

to fly like gorgeous birds

without boundaries,

in stainless space!

Thrangu Monastery!

I have never seen you

or walked your halls

where the students and teachers

look simple and not

civilized in the Western view,

just wearing funny robes

and calling themselves

monks and lamas

sounds like a farm.

Thrangu Monastery!

How many have sat

and taken in the blessings

of the treasures,

endless phenomena of

offerings with

artistic expression

the least of their beauty!

Thrangu Monastery!

I bow in grief and reverence

To your sorrow, may all

who are wounded be completely healed,

May all who have died be liberated,

May all who are bereft receive

Unlimited compassion.

I wrote this poem

At the request

of my

flowing tears.


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  1. Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar has extensive coverage on how the recent earthquake hit Tibet, killed many people, and destroyed a very famous monastery.

    • TMC on April 18, 2010 at 02:37

    Dalai Lama seeks visit to quake zone in China

    Updated: Sat Apr. 17 2010 1:15:00 PM News Staff

    As monks set fire to piles of the bodies of China’s earthquake victims, the Dalai Lama is appealing to Beijing to allow him to visit the earthquake-ravaged area province where he was born to comfort the victims.

    Officials told reporters Saturday the death toll from Wednesday’s earthquake in Yushu county is 1,339, with 332 people still missing. Officials said 11,849 people were injured, 1,297 of them seriously.

    The Dalai Lama, “deeply saddened” by the devastation of the earthquake, said Saturday he would like to visit the site of the earthquake — in the province where he was born — to offer solace to the survivors.

    “Because of the physical distance between us, at present I am unable to comfort those directly affected, but I would like them to know that I am praying for them,” the Dalai Lama said in a statement. “To fulfill the wishes of many of the people there, I am eager to go there myself to offer comfort.”

    May the Goddess guide them on their journeys to the Summerlands. May their families and the world find Peace.

    Blessed Be.

  2. Your heart and your love enfolds the hurt and homeless, comforting and healing.

    On their behalf, thank you.

    May we all be as caring.

    Be well

  3. When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable.

    Thich Nhat Hanh

  4. And although sharing the sorrow of others may help bring mankind  into a little more balance, it cannot change the past.

    Yet if we can all make our living moments just a bit more uplifting, we might surprise ourselves with a better tomorrow.

    Thanks NPK


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