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Rinpoche Asks Us to Go Veg!

A Message from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, April 2012

"My very dear most precious, wish-fulfilling, dearest benefactors, students, staff of the FPMT organization, friends and everybody,
Because I had a stroke you can’t imagine all the pujas that have been done in Tibet, India and all over the world, it is most unbelievable the amount of pujas that have been done, such as so many hundreds and thousands and millions of Padmasambhava mantras and Om Mani Padme Hum in Tibet and so on, in many different places by individuals, groups and centers, projects and services. Then especially the liberation of animals, so many in Tibet and other places, of course that is a very good thing as it helps the animals to not suffer and not be killed.

When I was in hospital I saw a program about animals that were sold to be killed in Indonesia and other countries (live export), I don’t know how long this has been going one, must be already for a long time.

On the TV I saw the goats waiting in line, between wood fences, it didn’t show how they were killed, but it showed one cow that was on the platform, with the head tied, being pulled down to be killed. The cow didn’t want to go and the man was pulling it. I thought I don’t have power to stop all this killing, but what I can do is to try to inspire people to become vegetarian and since then whatever teaching I am giving, even if it is tantra, I am trying to talk to people about becoming vegetarian, to avoid eating meat or to eat less meat so that there are less animals getting killed. I am trying like that.

Then just to mention that one person in Vietnam became vegetarian because he heard I was sick and one student from Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore took lifetime Mahayana precepts after she heard I was sick and one prisoner in USA also stopped eating meat. So they are really really amazing!" [9]

For the full letter, go to FPMT website.

 You can read more from Rinpoche under Advice from Rinpoche. For more information on Live Export go to our Action Alerts page.  More on Vegetarianism is under our Animal Facts section.


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