Practicing Buddhism in a Pandemic – Geshe Tashi Tsering’s Coronavirus Update 30th March

Practicing Buddhism in a Pandemic – Geshe Tashi Tsering’s Coronavirus Update 30th March

In this blog series, Geshe Tashi gives us regular updates on the Coronavirus Pandemic amongst the Tibetan diaspora in India through the lens of Sera Mey Monastery, home to 6,000 monks. In response to emails asking after his welfare and requesting advice in these difficult times, he generously shares his observations, thoughts and advice in his usual warm-hearted and accessible style.

In this update Geshe Tashi tells us about the closing of the local Tuesday market, and his attempts to secure fresh food for the monks. A visit to those who are quarantined in the building he lived in during his student years brings back vivid memories of the great kindness of an elder monk, and the lasting good that can follow from small but regular acts of kindness.  It should be clear now, Geshe-la states, from the images we see and the reports we read, that we are by nature loving and kind.  This is the best time, he says, to strengthen these natural tendencies and to put them into practice.  Once again, this is an inspiring and uplifting teaching.


Here are the photos from Geshe-la’s rooms. What an amazing view. It really does look like a holiday resort!

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Aarti Kapoor

    Thank you for reminding us how the doorway to love and compassion is a peaceful mind, free from agitation.
    With such an attitude we can confront every circumstance.

  2. Carina

    Many thanks again Geshe-la for your inspiring words!

    Best wishes and prosperity for you, your monastery and the community beyond!


  3. Gerry Cummins

    Thank you for tge Blah Blah.
    Stay safe.

  4. Kate Murry

    Thank you Geshe-la. i have been really thinking about these things, using obstacles as the path, interconnectedness of all beings on the planet and also noticing the spontaneous compassion that comes up. I saw images of many many people fleeing Delhi, people who have no choice as they have no longer any jobs and therefore no food in the city , so they are returning to the villages. Having lived in India my heart is going out to all those people, the panic, and the suffering that might come as the virus spreads . So i am praying that you keep well, and that all people in India may not suffer more than necessary, and that people care for each other. Please take care. thank you so much for this video blog. It is lovely to hear your voice and picture Sera monstary and cotemplate on the positivity that Buddha dharma can bring to every situaiton . tashi deleks

  5. Shelley

    Thank you Geshe la, It is wonderful to have these updates and thoughts from you at this time. Much appreciated and always a timely reminder to remember the dharma in our actions – no matter how small they are – transforming them into a positive practice for the benefit of all. Very best wishes to you, Shelley

  6. Jane Sill

    Dear Geshe la

    Many thanks again and for your stories. I never tire of hearing them. We are very lucky when we meet with people such as the elderly monk you recall. Their memory lasts forever in our heart. Good to see you looking well. Sending warmest good wishes to you all and hope things work out smoothly with all the arrangements. Thank you again Jane

  7. Brenda

    Again, a hugely useful and uplifting ‘ blah blah’ dear Geshe La. Your skilful blend of daily life stories from Sera Me with profound advice from the heart is such a joy to listen to. Your memory of the elderly monk who cared for you reminds us of all those who have cared for us, even in little ways, from the day we were born……. I too look forward so much to your updates. THANKYOU

  8. Shirley

    Many thanks indeed. You send the message loud and clear. I look forward very much to your updates.


  9. Aluhar

    ….Health care workers are at the greatest risk — they can encounter infections daily and typically work in proximity to one another and their patients. Many are already under quarantine because of exposure to the virus.
    ‘Listening to people taking great personal risk for our tomorrow.
    For them, gratitude would be best served to use our tomorrow well, ‘considering what tomorrow would be for all’. ~Aluharamal (with love)

  10. carole chambers

    Following your advice will help us all to turn a negative into a positive and in doing so will benefit many through small genuine actions,.We will “remember that I am one, and others are many “,
    Always lojong working to defeat the self cherishing and change circumstances together.
    Best Wishes and open hearted Geshe la , we all need to be reminded.again and again.

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