A year of invisible progress

To the casual observer, it seems like nothing has happened in Nepal over the last year. But looks can be deceiving.

A year ago, a series of earthquakes shook the very core of Nepal, killing thousands and leaving tens of thousands without food, shelter or medical care. Reading last weekend’s news reports, it seems that very little progress has been made. Politics and red tape have combined with poor infrastructure—Nepal lacks roads and equipment and communication networks as well as solid emergency procedures—to make rebuilding a tortuously slow process.

Yet, I see progress on all fronts.

Like laying the foundation for a building, the groundwork for reconstruction is time-consuming, and much of the work is not visible. However, it is critical to do this work properly, since everything rests on it. Plus, in Nepal there are a lot of problems to solve.

READ MORE: Rinpoche wrote this article for the Huffington Post, where he has been chronicling Buddhist Relief Services efforts. To read the full post, please click here.