At a Bangladeshi refugee camp he visited, Tsering Nyima found people who were starving, and was able to provide food and cash assistance to them. Around 50% of those receiving food on Vesak were handicapped, elderly, and refugees.
After that food was delivered door to door in Sarnath.
“But to give food is not enough,” Tsering Nyima tells us, as these people have no money for basic needs. With the generous contributions of SINI friends around the world, Tsering Nyima was able to give 1,000 Rupees in cash to each recipient to help pay for doctor visits, medicine, and travel costs.
To find a location where they could gather 200 people in one place during lockdown is very hard. After managing to secure a location and the permissions, SINI staff arrived at 7 am packed with food for the families. There was rice, flour, chana dal, salt, and cooking oil, plus the 1,000 Rupees per family. Two hundred families, traveling from as far as 15 km away were served on the Full Moon in one location, in addition to the others who received deliveries in their homes.
Tsering Nyima says, “People were very happy to receive food plus money. And I felt very happy to see their smiling faces!”
He has been thinking about the people who contributed their hard-earned money. “I am doing hard work in a hard climate,” he tells us. “But with your kindness, support and effort, we can contribute to these poor families. When I think of the benefit to them, I feel proud of our joint effort.”
After delivering food, the monks chanted mantras and made prayers, offered Tsok, and illuminated 2000 butter lamps at SINI for the well being of others. Here is a short video of the monks chanting in the SINI Temple.
At 9:20 pm, the khenpos and lopons were still chanting mantras and prayers. Their prayers include the donors, praying for the well being of others, for the poor families, for successful, happy and cheerful lives. Here is a video with audio of the recitations into the night.
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