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Fires in Australia

January 2013

Please spare a thought for those animals (and people) caught up in the terrible fires in Australia. An EFDA project coordinator is at the Coonabarabran fire with an animal rescue and treatment team from Tree of Compassion trying to help where possible. This photo is very shocking, but Lama Zopa Rinpoche has said to us before we should show images of animal suffering so that we can all generate more compassion for those suffering in the animal realm (and presumably to use that compassion to motivate us to act in ways that can benefit others and ourselves).

Kangaroo caught in a fence during a fire

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 given 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..."


Blessing the Animal Land

December 2011

Kopan Monastery monks recently held a special blessing ceremony on the land where the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal will soon begin construction on the new sanctuary facilities. The sanctuary holds animals, mostly goats, that Lama Zopa Rinpoche has rescued from butchers in Nepal and India. The animals have been in temporary facilities at the monastery and Kopan nunnery. The new land is only 10 minute walk from the monastery but there have been many obstacles to moving the animals here.

Kopan monks blessed the land and construction of the new sanctuary facilities is now going ahead, beginning with road access.

 Blessing the Animal Land

The full cost of the shelters and facilities has not yet been raised due to increasing construction fees and the ongoing medical, food and infrastructure costs associated with caring for the animals in their temporary facilities. The number of animals has also increased this year as Lama Zopa Rinpoche has rescued more.

Enlightenment for the Dear Animals is promoting this project as one of its priorities as it fulfills its criteria for a Buddhist sanctuary - the animals have been rescued from death, the animals will be given the best care available for the duration of their lives, and the animals will be given Dharma. It also fulfills Rinpoche's wishes. In September 2011 Rinpoche explained that he would like this sanctuary to be an example for the rest of the world (see the video).

If you would like to contribute, please go to our website and follow the links to the FPMT Animal Liberation Sanctuary donation page. As this is supporting animals rescued from death (the majority by Rinpoche himself) and that have been given Dharma, any contribution is considered to be the equivalent of doing an animal liberation yourself (as explained by the late Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup). Therefore you should make strong dedications.

Rinpoche Talks About the Animal Sanctuary

Video of Rinpoche

Whilst at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu last year, Lama Zopa Rinpoche spoke about the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal. Looking from the Kopan dining room towards the sanctuary land, the video shows him discussing details of the proposed construction works with Ven. Tenpa Choden, then talking to those in the dining room about some of the elements of the new sanctuary. The liberated animals are in temporary accommodation at the monastery and the nunnery but since December 2011, construction has begun on nearby land for the animals.


Goats Rescued in India!

June 2011

Enlightenment for the Dear Animals in partnership with MAITRI Charitable Trust liberated 10 goats in India dedicated for the long life of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. MAITRI has a substantial animal sanctuary in Bodhgaya, Bihar, where the Buddha attained enlightenment.



Yaks Rescued in Tibet!

In September 2011, Enlightenment for the Dear Animals liberated 3 yaks dedicated for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and other gurus. The yaks will live out their lives without fear of being sent to the butcher.

Yaks liberated in Tibet

To see more photos of the yaks, visit our facebook page.

The Guru Manifests Illness

As many of you know by now, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has unfortunately taken the aspect of suffering from a stroke.



Kopan Meditation Course and the Animals

Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

December, 2010

The annual one month November course with over 250 participants from all over the world is well underway at Kopan monastery.



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