Earthquake Preparedness

December 5, 2016
This fall, the monks at Namo Buddha Monastery and the nuns at Tara Abbey got search and rescue training in preparation for the next earthquake.  They learned about the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) skills.

Nepal is in one of the most active earthquake zones. According to USAID, the big one is yet to come.  

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Fall Newsletter for NBF Canada

December 5, 2016
The Fall Newsletter for 2016 is ready for downloading.  
Please share it with friends and family.

All the best to everyone this holiday season.

And Happy Birthday to Thrangu Rinpoche, our kind teacher.

Rinpoche with SMD kids November 2016.

Rinpoche giving an empowerment.

SMD Shrine Hall repaires

Outdoor school room and happy art students.

Art class and super soccer players.

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New SMD School slide show

October 30, 2016

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CBC Report about Nepal children at risk

May 2, 2016
April 25, 2016 CBC published a one-year anniversary article and video about the children of Nepal and the risks they are facing daily. The earthquakes of 2015 devastated the country and children are in great danger.

Click here for the full story:
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SEVEN Thrangu Tara Abbey nuns graduate Shedra

April 29, 2016

The College for Higher Buddhist Studies (Thrangu Tara Abbey Shedra) was inaugurated March 2004.  Seven nuns have graduated from the rigorous 8 year shedra program.  They have been appointed as staff in charge by Thrangu Rinpoche.

Eight nuns will enter the shedra since finishing Class Six at Shree Mangal Dvip.

The Shedra nuns attended the 2016 winter program  in Bodhgaya, India, including the Kagyu Monlam. During the two month programs, they took part in the annual nuns debates that are pres...

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Annual Mani Prayers at SMD Boarding School

April 25, 2016


The 24th annual Mani Drubchen was held at the school from April 13-23, 2016.

Every year all the monks, nuns perform the prayes and the lay community recite millions of Om Mani Padme Hum mantras.  The Drubchen is led by Thrangu Rinpoche and Tulku Damcho Rinpoche.  

The last day of the prayers Thrangu Rinpoche gives Chenreyzig empowerment.  This year over 3,000 people received the blessings of the empowerment.  The Drubchen is a wonderful event ...

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Seniors graduating from Grade 10 face challenges

April 5, 2016
SMD students study until Grade 10 and then take the SLC exam (School Leaving Certificate).  After that they face many challenges in their education: lack of space at SMD (buildings are still unusable after the 2015 earthquakes, waiting for repair), lack of funds for high school completion.
Shirley Blair, SMD Director, has written a report for sponsors of SMD students finishing their studies at the school.  It explains how SMD tries to encourage their studies and assist them.

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SMD Director Update Dec 2015

December 8, 2015
SMD Boarding School Director Shirley Blair gives this update on the situation at the school in Nepal. 

The situation in Kathmandu is dire with lack of petrol for vehicles and fuel for cooking.  
The border with India is blocked and supplies are not getting into the landlocked country.  
The Nepal government is not assisting the citizens and people are so worried about the winter that is upon them.  

Please read her notice about the kids and the school. 

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Sponsor Report from Nepal

December 3, 2015

SMD School sponsors, Chantal and Mike Schauch, just returned from Kathmandu a few weeks ago and bring some updates from SMD post earthquake and monsoon season: 

The kids’ smiles are as bright as ever even though there is some noticeable fatigue among many. They’ve been through a lot: two major earthquakes, continuing aftershocks, monsoon season, sewage-flooded school yard and a fuel crisis…they are a tough, hard working and resilient little bunch! 

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Halifax supporters help Sangmo in university

December 1, 2015
Meg Federico is hosting Sangmo while she studies at St. Mary's University in Halifax.  In November they had a "Momo Madness" party to raise funds for her schooling costs for this school year.  They had a great event.
Thanks, Meg, for helping and also for supporting Sherab Dolma and Karma Dolma while they studied for their BA degrees.

Meg says, "Momo Madness very fun, very generous friends ate a lot of homemade hand made momos and home made sauces. Also fantastic potato/chick pea cakes from the ...
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About NBF

Namo Buddha Foundation Canada NBF is Thrangu Rinpoche's Canadian foundation. Namo Buddha Foundation Canada is a registered Canadian charitable organization founded by Thrangu Rinpoche to undertake charitable projects in Nepal, India and Tibet.
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