Buddhist monk found after going missing in Arizona during record heat

- through Henry Oudin

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Garchen Buddhist Institute. At facebook.com

A Tibetan Buddhist monk who went missing over the weekend in Chino Valley, Arizona, was found Sunday afternoon by local officials about 32 miles from his remote Buddhist temple, safe and sound but suffering from dehydration, according to local officials. local media.

The unnamed monk was from the Garchen Buddhist Institute, affiliated with the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He disappeared after taking a long walk around 18 p.m. on the evening of July 15. He was found the following afternoon by local authorities.

In a statement, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) said, “He lives at the temple with his family and left behind his cell phone and all of his other belongings except for the clothes he was wearing. The monk's wife called a person's report late Sunday morning. The statement further stated, “Deputies were informed that the monk was familiar with the area around the temple and often walked around the area. Forest Patrol and YCSO deputies began searching the area on foot after the report was written, and a drone operator was called in to conduct an aerial search. (Facebook)

When the monk's wife arrived to translate for him, she told officials, “He just needed to take a very long walk to clear his head. (KTAR News)

At garchen.net

Temperatures in the hilly desert terrain at the time were around 40° Celsius, which triggered heat warnings across the region. Phoenix, Ariz., broke records this week for the most consecutive days over 43 degrees Celsius. The heat wave affecting the region is one of many reported around the world this month.

In Greece, forest fires have burned about 3 hectares this summer. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a statement: “We have had fires, we have them now and we will have them in the future, and this is one of the consequences of the climate crisis that we are living with a ever-increasing intensity. .” (The New York Times)

Meanwhile, a remote city in northwest China on Sunday reported the country's highest ever recorded temperature of 52,2Celsius, while temperatures in Beijing hit over 40C on several occasions. this summer.

World Meteorological Organization climate services director Christopher Hewitt called the series of extreme events "uncharted territory" and "worrying news for the planet". (American scientist)

Monks walking near the institute. At instagram.com

Arizona residents who choose to spend time outdoors during the heat wave have been urged to take safety precautions if they do. Tips include: hike in the early morning and evening when temperatures are lower and shade is easier to find; bring appropriate clothing and enough water for hydration; hiking with others; carry a cell phone to call for help if needed; and following known routes.

Garchen Buddhist Institute was founded by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche about 17 kilometers east of the small town of Chino Valley. Located at 1 meters above sea level, it remains a little cooler than the lower areas to the south, although it is still dangerously hot for many summer days. The institute is surrounded by a natural wilderness area and national forest land, and generates its own electricity using solar panels and uses water from its own well system.

There was no mention of the missing monk incident on the Garchen Buddhist Institute website or Facebook account at the time of writing. The institute calendar is filled with in-person and online practices that last well into the fall season.

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. At garchen.net

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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