108 Yaks - Australian Premiere
This new documentary, “108 Yaks: a Journey of Love and Freedom”, had its Australian premiere at Vajrayana Institute in Sydney in August. A slideshow and update about Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Animal Liberation Sanctuary in Nepal was also provided by the project coordinators Tania Duratovic and Phil Hunt.
"My whole point of doing this animal liberation is to dedicate for Rinpoche and the gurus’ long lives. But also it is to promote animal liberation, to tell people what animal liberation is and how it should be done..."
108 Yaks: a Journey of Love and Freedom
In 2011, at the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Thubten Jinpa set out to rescue over 108 yaks from being sold for slaughter in the Himalayan region of Nepal. The documentary shows the incredible 19-day journey across the mountains to the sacred Rolwaling Valley where locals had agreed to provide safe homes and care for the yaks.
My whole point of doing this animal liberation is to dedicate for Rinpoche and the gurus’ long lives. But also it is to promote animal liberation, to tell people what animal liberation is and how it should be done. And also what Rinpoche does to benefit sentient beings, with his words, his teachings and actions. Through that we contribute to the welfare of the animals. I mentioned to Rinpoche, by doing so, maybe this [video] can get some support for Rinpoche’s animal liberation projects – building sanctuaries everywhere to accommodate these animals. Geshe Jinpa (Tashi Delek, 2012).
Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal
The sanctuary is a shelter for animals rescued from slaughter mainly by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The animals are living in temporary accommodation in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal. However, work has at last commenced on the new facilities on land nearby. The project coordinators (VI students Tania Duratovic and Phil Hunt) will have recently returned from Nepal and will provide an update on the project, including photos of some of the residents (35 goats, 2 sheep and 8 cows) and the new sanctuary. Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently visited the sanctuary land and is keen to have it finished as soon as possible.
The number of animals at the sanctuary has increased considerably over the years. And as such, so have the costs of providing proper care (food, shelter, veterinary treatment) for the animals. Added to this expense is that of building the new shelters.
Organise a Film Night!
You too can organise a film night to show this great documentary (and help the animals!). By attending a screening, you not only get to see a wonderful short film, but all money raised for the Animal Liberation Sanctuary will go to supporting the completion of the sanctuary, particularly the treatment room. The merit of contributing to the shelter and care of liberated animals is, as the late Kopan Abbot Geshe Lama Lhundrup explained, the same as liberating the animals yourself, as without this ongoing care, they would die.