Two summers ago, wildfires were burning out of control in many parts of the United States’ Pacific Northwest, including several large fires in Okanogan County, Washington, where both Buddha Amitabha Pure Land (BAPL) and Pamtingpa Center are located. Buddha Amitabha Pure Land is where Rinpoche’s retreat house is located and is also the future site for committed long-term meditation retreatants to attain lam-rim realizations as advised by Rinpoche.Sangha were evacuated from Buddha Amitabha Pure Land on Wednesday night, August 19 (2015). Members of Pamtingpa Center and other FPMT friends in Tonasket, Washington, were evacuated on Thursday night, August 20 (2015).
For anyone in fire danger now or in the future, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised to “visualize His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the merit field, sending oceans of water where there are fires. The water also releases all beings from the lower realms.” The emphasis was on lots of strong, heavy water. This can be done while reciting the Migtsema prayer (the “Five-Line Prayer to Lama Tsongkhapa”) or Medicine Buddha Mantras.
Further advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche: it is best to visualize the Lama Chöpa merit field and a great stream of nectar coming from the merit field and putting out the fires and especially helping the insects and animals who are suffering and perishing in the fire.
Showers of nectar pour down purifying the negative karma of the suffering sentient beings, those who are suffering from the fire, and in general, the six realms sentient beings who are suffering, as well as those who have been harmed or destroyed in the fire.
This advice is always available on Rinpoche’s advice page on FPMT.org: