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As India faces a second wave of COVID-19, thousands of people are dying daily. India's hospitals and medical facilities across the country are beyond capacity, having run out of oxygen and intensive care beds. Hundreds of patients can be seen awaiting lifesaving care outside facilities in crowded city centers.
Silk Road Spaceship and the Tashi Lhunpo Foundation joined forces to raise money for Indian Covid Relief. When you purchase a sandalwood mala blessed by the monastery, we will donate ALL PROCEEDS to the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPIO)'s COVID RELIEF CAMPAIGN to purchase and send much needed oxygen concentrators to India. The AAPIO is a very well respected 501C3 organization recommended by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and Northwell Health for their efforts to get this vital medical equipment to India.
Thank You All for making this campaign a success. Together with your support and the blessing of the Tashi Lhunpo monks we generated $2,500.00 to help the AAPIO purchase and deliver oxygen SIX concentrators to India's hospitals.
The 21 SANDALWOOD MALAS are an exclusive offering and part of the SRS Karma Collection—meaningful gifts that benefit communities in need. There are just 21 rosaries in this special release, all created in collaboration with the Venerable Khensur Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery to help get India's hospitals the oxygen they need to save lives. These sandalwood beads are very special—emitting the gorgeous sandalwood fragrance when touched. Each set was blessed in a sacred ceremony by the monks as a gesture of their appreciation for your thoughtful purchase and care in providing relief to Indian hospitals.
Click on the gallery photos below to learn the more about the 21 SANDALWOOD MALAS blessed by Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the rebuilding of their temple in exile, and the urgent need within India to bring essential supplies to the country's physicians fighting COVID.
You can also make a tax-deductible donation directly to AAPIO's COVID RELIEF campaign directly here. $500 is all it takes to purchase an oxygen machine and send it directly to an Indian hospital. Please give what you can. All donations are tax-deductible and go directly to purchase oxygen concentrators.
∞ ABOUT THE MONASTERY ∞
Many Tashi Lhunpo monks escaped Tibet and fled to India because of difficulties (imprisonment or death) they face trying to practice Buddhism inside Tibet. Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is profoundly grateful to India for their ongoing generosity to the Tibetan's exiled in the country, and want to do everything they can to help India's relief effort during this unprecidented medical disaster.
The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is seat to the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet. In 1447 the Monastery was founded by His Holiness the First Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup, in Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city. The Communist Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 and the Cultural Revolution from 1966-80 both wreaked destruction on Tibet's monastic institutions, which lost many precious scriptures, statues and images. Many monks were killed or imprisoned and only 250 were able to follow the His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile. In 1972, under the patronage of the Dalai Lama, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was re-established in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka. Occupying a central position in the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, there are close to 400 monks including many Tulkus (reincarnate lamas) studying and performing various religious practices.