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Haiti Earthquake: How to Help

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Devastation in Haiti (photo from NYT)

Awful news from Haiti, a country that is already struggling with poverty and political violence. There is no estimate yet of how many people have been killed and injured in yesterday’s 7.0 earthquake, with an epicenter just miles away from the capital city Port-au-Prince, but it will no doubt be devastating.

CNN’s “Impact Your World” website has a list of relief organizations that are bringing aid to Haitians. Some of these include:

The Shambhala Sun website encourages people to practice tonglen for Haiti, “the practice of taking into our hearts the suffering of ourselves and others and of sending out compassion.”

And finally, to get a better understanding of both the beauty and the suffering of this country, as well as the inspiring story of one man who has devoted his life to the Haitian people, you may want to read Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder. Farmer founded Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization that has done courageous and groundbreaking work to address the inequities in healthcare in Haiti and other countries.

About Maia

I've been practicing and studying the Buddha way since 1994, and exploring the question "What is engaged Buddhism?" since the late 90s. As former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and editor of its journal, Turning Wheel, I had the honor of meeting and working with many practitioners of engaged dharma, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Joanna Macy, Alan Senauke, and Robert Aitken Roshi. I write about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, "The Jizo Chronicles," as well as on the theme of personal and collective freedom on my website, "The Liberated Life Project." Through my Five Directions Consulting, I offer support to individuals and organizations who aspire to integrate awareness into their work.

2 responses »

  1. very sad. they are in my thoughts. thanks for the links, Maia.

  2. You’re welcome, Shane. I just found another useful blog post from Barry Briggs of Ox Herding which includes a video update from Doctors Without Borders:


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