CONTINUING THE COMPASSION: JAKE NORTON REVISITS RECONSTRUCTION IN NEPAL
I was asked by one of my sponsors, Eddie Bauer, to reflect on the 2015 Nepal Earthquake and my efforts toward relief and eventual reconstruction for a country, place, and people that has done much for me over 2.5 decades. Below are my latest thoughts and reflections, penned some six weeks from the initial quake. If you’d like to #HelpCarryTheLoad for Nepal, please visit my Crowdrise fundraiser here: www.crowdrise.com/HelpCarryTheLoad.
As I sat down to write this post the other day, one of my favorite musicians for writingKrishna Das—came across my speakers, his melodic voice chanting the sacred mantra om tare tuttare ture svaha from his song “Tara’s Mantra.” It was a highly coincidental and apropos song, as the mantra is believed to call on the powers of Green Tara, the bodhisattva of compassion. In Mahayana Buddhist thought, a bodhisattva is a being who has attained enlightenment, is free from the suffering inherent in earthly existence, and yet remains in the physical world until all sentient beings attain the same level of freedom from suffering. In short, a bodhisattva is the embodiment of compassion.
Seven weeks since the devastating earthquake in Nepal, compassion is what is needed for Nepal. The international press has long since left, moving on to other stories and the next disaster. The flurry of online interest and funding has likewise diminished. Yet the situation in Nepal is far from settled, far from over…