Malaysians pray for Nepal earthquake victims

Ven. Sri Saranankara Nayaka Thero said that besides giving material aid, spiritual help is also vital.

On Sunday 17 May, Malaysian religious groups held a joint prayer session in Kuala Lumpur for the earthquake victims in Nepal.  The devastating quakes killed more than 8,600 people and caused untold damages to the country’s infrastructure.  Representatives of the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim communities took turns to recite chants or prayers on stage, witnessed by a large congregation.

Abbot of the Sentul Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Most Venerable Sri Saranankara Nayaka Thero, praised Malaysians’ generosity and pro-activeness in coming forward with donations and aid to Nepal.  However, he added that besides material assistance, spiritual help is also vital for the total recovery of Nepali people; hence the joint prayer session yesterday which was organized by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia and other Buddhist establishments.

Nepalese High Commissioner H.E. Dr. Niranjan Man Singh Basnyat (centre) joining in the multi-faith prayers yesterday. Photograph from 'The Rakyat Post', 17 May 2015.

See the press report in ‘The Star On-line’: http://www.thestar.com.my/Videos/2015/05/17/Spiritual-help-to-Nepal-just-as-vital/