Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Su DongPo » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:05 am

Huseng wrote:
Su DongPo wrote:Reports say that 9500 from one town, Minamisanriku, are missing.


That means they are dead, unfortunately.


Yes, probably, but the number of missing remains uncertain, and some of the "missing" will of course be found alive -- a few at least.

Added to all this misery is the ongoing nuclear crisis at two of the Fukushima plants.

I know life goes on, but the Japanese of Tohoku have been on my mind constantly since Friday.
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Indrajala » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:26 am

Su DongPo wrote:
Huseng wrote:
Su DongPo wrote:Reports say that 9500 from one town, Minamisanriku, are missing.


That means they are dead, unfortunately.


Yes, probably, but the number of missing remains uncertain, and some of the "missing" will of course be found alive -- a few at least.

Added to all this misery is the ongoing nuclear crisis at two of the Fukushima plants.

I know life goes on, but the Japanese of Tohoku have been on my mind constantly since Friday.



Me too. I heard about it at a temple here in Kathmandu and went to the internet cafe right away.

I'm due back in Tokyo on the 24th, but if those two plants meltdown, then all that radioactive material in the atmosphere might have me postpone my return back home.

Strange thing is that Japanese media is not giving 100% coverage of the situation. On news sites they still have stupid and completely pointless stories in the headlines that are not even news. I get the impression a lot of Japanese youth especially don't comprehend the gravity of the situation.
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Su DongPo » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:36 am

Some disaster relief ideas here --

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/ja ... mi-relief/
http://www1.networkforgood.org/help-sur ... ke-tsunami

Buddhist Charity Tzu Chi
http://tw.tzuchi.org/en/index.php

Google Red Cross in your home country/region
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Su DongPo » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:42 am

I'm due back in Tokyo on the 24th, but if those two plants meltdown, then all that radioactive material in the atmosphere might have me postpone my return back home.


Tokyo should be safe -- prevailing winds are to the north and east, which sucks for Tohoku, Hokkaido, and the US west coast. Also, I don't think we should worry too much about a Chernobyl kind of meltdown. The Japanese reactors are old fashioned (dating to the 70s), but they are much better than the old Soviet reactor that exploded radiation into the atmosphere. Comparisons to the Three Mile Island accident are probably more appropriate, which is bad enough, but doesn't entail rendering broad swathes of the Japanese countryside permanently uninhabitable.

Safe travels.
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Indrajala » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:55 pm

Su DongPo wrote:
I'm due back in Tokyo on the 24th, but if those two plants meltdown, then all that radioactive material in the atmosphere might have me postpone my return back home.


Tokyo should be safe -- prevailing winds are to the north and east, which sucks for Tohoku, Hokkaido, and the US west coast. Also, I don't think we should worry too much about a Chernobyl kind of meltdown. The Japanese reactors are old fashioned (dating to the 70s), but they are much better than the old Soviet reactor that exploded radiation into the atmosphere. Comparisons to the Three Mile Island accident are probably more appropriate, which is bad enough, but doesn't entail rendering broad swathes of the Japanese countryside permanently uninhabitable.

Safe travels.



Despite the Japanese government saying there is no severe problem, several countries are recommending their citizens leave not only the disaster zones, but also Tokyo/Yokohama itself.

France:

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/fran ... yo-region/

Switzerland:

http://www.eda.admin.ch/tokyo

Swiss citizens who are currently in Japan: The FDFA advises all Swiss citizens in the crisis stricken areas as well as in the area of Tokyo/Yokohama to think about whether their presence in Japan is currently necessary, and, should this not be the case, to consider temporarily leaving the country. This advice is particularly meant for families with small children.

Apparently Germany is also recommending their citizens stay out of Tokyo.

And now Reuters is looking into reports of a Volcano possibly erupting in Japan somewhere...
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby kirtu » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:07 pm

Namdrol has posted a prayer that the late Kunsang Dechen Lingpa advised to recite during times like this:

SA CHU ME LUNG JUNG WEY BAR CHEY KYI/
When the illusory body is endangered and a time of destruction occurs

GYU LUS NYEN CHING JIG PEY DU JUNG TSE
by obstacles of the elements of earth, water, fire and air;

YID NI THE TSOM MEY PAR SOL WA DEB
by offering a supplication without hestitation or doubt

ORGYEN JUNG WA ZHI YI LHA MOR CHEY
to Padmasambhava with the goddesses of the four elements

JUNG WA RANG SAR ZHI WAR THE TSOM MEY
without doubt the elements will be naturally pacified.

ORGYEN PADMA JUNG NEY LA SOL WA DEB
I supplicate Padmasambhava of Oddiyāna,

SAM PA LHUN GYI DRUB PAR JIN GYI LOB
bless us that our wishes be effortlessly accomplished!
Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby kirtu » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:09 pm

Huseng - if you are still in Kathmandu would you please offer prayers and incense or lamp offering at the Great Stupa for Japan and all beings?

Thanks!

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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Indrajala » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:33 am

kirtu wrote:Huseng - if you are still in Kathmandu would you please offer prayers and incense or lamp offering at the Great Stupa for Japan and all beings?

Thanks!

Kirt


I'm way ahead of you. :smile:
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Su DongPo » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:59 am

‧揭諦‧揭諦‧波羅揭諦‧波羅僧揭諦‧菩提薩婆訶

Gya tei gya tei
Ha ra gya tei
Hara so gya tei
Bo ji so wa ka

Hannya Shingyo
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby mañjughoṣamaṇi » Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:21 pm

Hello,

The Red Cross is spearheading a lot of the non-governmental relief efforts and are accepting donations to that end:

http://www.redcross.org/en/

Wishing you all the best.
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“In order to completely liberate the mind, cultivate loving kindness.” -- Maitribhāvana Sūtra
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Mr. G » Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:39 pm

Charity Navigator lists the most efficient organizations for donating to causes:

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.c ... &cpid=1221
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Adamantine » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:19 pm

Huseng wrote:
kirtu wrote:Huseng - if you are still in Kathmandu would you please offer prayers and incense or lamp offering at the Great Stupa for Japan and all beings?

Thanks!

Kirt


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:thanks: :twothumbsup:
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Detachment is the final happiness. ~Sri Saraha
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby gyougan » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:30 pm

I feel so devastated by this. I'm from Finland but I have spent a lot of time in Japan and have friends there. My heart aches. :crying:

STAY STRONG, JAPAN!!!
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Su DongPo » Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:48 pm

How people can help Japanese earthquake recovery
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/art ... 41f918b99b

The U.S. government and other nations were sending personnel to assist Japan in its response to the earthquakes and tsunami that have devastated the country. U.S. aid groups were accepting private donations for relief efforts.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent two of its officials with expertise in boiling water nuclear reactors. They joined a disaster response team with the U.S. International Agency for International Development, the primary federal agency that provides assistance to countries struck by a disaster.

USAID also sent two urban search and rescue teams to Japan at the request of the Japanese government, the agency said. The 75-person rescue teams, each with six dogs trained to detect live victims, were joining rescue teams from Japan and other countries.
The Pentagon has sent a second U.S. aircraft carrier to Japan and ordered another ship to the region to help as needed.
Also providing assistance:

—Britain. A search and rescue team of more than 60 specialists, two rescue dogs and a medical support team. They will be deployed first thing Monday morning. The British ambassador and a team of consular staff were in Sendai to assess the level of damage and to help locate British nationals.

—France. About 100 people including rescue workers, civil security squads and a medical team, plus 11 counterparts from neighboring Monaco, have been dispatched. Japanese authorities have asked them to assist in clearing and rescue efforts, a French Foreign Ministry official.

—Germany. The state-run THW aid agency has sent a 36-member team of rescue experts with dog. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Germany has offered further help but that none has yet been requested.

—Italy, which was ready to offer rescue teams and other assistance. Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said his country was awaiting word from the Japanese government on what precisely was needed and where it should be deployed.

U.S. organizations accepting donations to assist Japan included:

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
Donations: 800-424-ADRA (2372)
Donations address: ADRA International, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring MD 20904
Website: http://www.adra.org

All Hands Volunteers
Donations: 919-830-3573
Donations address: PO Box 546, Carlisle MA 01741
Website: http://www.hands.org/donate/japan-tsunami

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Donations: 212-687-6200
Donations address: 132 E. 43rd St PO Box 530, New York NY 10017
Website: http://jdc.org

American Red Cross
Donations: 1-800-RED-CROSS
Donations address: PO Box 37243, Washington DC 20013
Website: http://www.redcross.org

AmeriCares
Donations: 203-658-9500
Donations address: 88 Hamilton Ave, Stamford CT 06902
Website: http://americares.org

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT)
Donations: 301-738-7122
Donations address: AMURT, 2502 Lindley Ter, Rockville MD 20850
Website: http://amurt.us

Baptist World Alliance/Baptist World Aid
Donations: 703-790-8980
Donations address: 405 N. Washington St, Falls Church VA 22046
Website: http://www.bwanet.org

Brother's Brother Foundation
Donations: 412-321-3160
Donations address: 1200 Galveston Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15233
Website: http://brothersbrother.org

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Donations: 1-888-989-8244
Donations address: Tzu Chi USA HQ, 1100 S Valley Center Ave, San Dimas CA 91773
Website: http://www.us.tzuchi.org/usa/home.nsf/o ... ateCharity

Catholic Relief Services
Donations: 1-877-HELP-CRS
Donations address: PO Box 17090, Baltimore MD 21203-7090
Website: http://crs.org

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Donations: 800-55-CRWRC
Donations address: CRWRC, 2850 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI 49560-0600
Website: http://www.crwrc.org

Church World Service
Donations: 1-800-297-1516
Donations address: PO Box 968, Elkhart IN 46515
Website: http://www.churchworldservice.org

Direct Relief International
Donations: 805-964-4767
Donations address: 27 S. La Patera Ln, Santa Barbara CA 93117
Website: http://www.DirectRelief.org

Giving Children Hope
Donations: 714-523-4454
Donations address: 8332 Commonwealth Ave, Buena Park CA 90621
Website: http://gchope.org

Habitat for Humanity International
Donations: 1-800-Habitat
Donations address: 270 Peachtree St NW Suite 1300, Atlanta GA 30303-1263
Website: http://habitat.org

International Medical Corps
Donations: 800-481-4462
Donations address: 1919 Santa Monica Blvd Suite 400, Santa Monica CA 90404
Website: http://internationalmedicalcorps.org

International Rescue Committee
Donations: 1-877-REFUGEE (733-8433)
Donations address: 122 E. 42nd St, New York NY 10168
Website: http://www.rescue.org

Mercy Corps
Donations: 800-852-2100
Donations address: Dept. NR, PO Box 2669, Portland OR 97208
Website: https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/japan

Operation Blessing
Donations: 800-730-2537
Donations address: 977 Centerville Tpke, Virginia Beach VA 23463
Website: http://www.operationblessing.org

Relief International
Donations: 310-478-1200
Donations address: 5455 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1280, Los Angeles CA 90036
Website: http://www.ri.org

Save the Children
Donations: 1-800-728-3843
Donations address: 54 Wilton Rd, Westport CT 06880
Website: http://savethechildren.org

World Vision, U.S.
Donations: 1-800-777-5777
Donations address: Federal Way, WA 98063
Website: http://www.worldvision.org

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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Tatsuo » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:46 pm

I don't think that it would be helpful to donate money to Christian organizations. I know the rude behaviour of Christian missionaries in Japan, who would do anything to get more converts. This kind of pressure is something no one needs at the moment (or at any other moment). I'd think Buddhist organisations or humanitarian organisations are best recipients of donations.
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Mr. G » Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:19 pm

Tatsuo wrote:I don't think that it would be helpful to donate money to Christian organizations. I know the rude behaviour of Christian missionaries in Japan, who would do anything to get more converts. This kind of pressure is something no one needs at the moment (or at any other moment). I'd think Buddhist organisations or humanitarian organisations are best recipients of donations.


They need blankets and food, not boxes of bibles & Fundamentalist propaganda.
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby gyougan » Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:40 pm

I am afraid that money does not help much. It is not that Japan lacks money. They have almost trillion dollar reserves. They need food, blankets, medicine and fuel. Money is not the bottleneck.
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Su DongPo » Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:30 am

mr. gordo wrote:
Tatsuo wrote:I don't think that it would be helpful to donate money to Christian organizations. I know the rude behaviour of Christian missionaries in Japan, who would do anything to get more converts. This kind of pressure is something no one needs at the moment (or at any other moment). I'd think Buddhist organisations or humanitarian organisations are best recipients of donations.


They need blankets and food, not boxes of bibles & Fundamentalist propaganda.


There are secular, Buddhist, Jewish, and Christian aid groups in the listing I posted.

You seem to assume all Christians are obnoxious. I don't think this is the case.
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Re: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Postby Su DongPo » Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:32 am

Resources related to the 2011 Japan Crisis
http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/ja ... e2011.html
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