Friday 8th February 2019. Today many prayer flags (lung-ta) were put up around the Animal Liberation Sanctuary by Kopan monks and sanctuary staff to celebrate Losar (Tibetan New Year). We were very fortunate that the prayer flags were blessed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and other monks during a puja yesterday. The monks did another ceremony and offered incense prior to the erection of the colourful 'windhorses'. Prayer flags are a way to bless the environment and all the beings in it as the wind blows over the mantras and spreads the blessings far and wide.
Kopan monks did prayers for Wangdu, one of the goats of the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal, the morning after he died after an ongoing illness. The moment of his death mantras were recited as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “If you come across an animal who is dying, this is the first thing you would recite into their ear.” CHOM Dän Dä De Zhin Sheg Pa Dra Chom Pa Yang Dag Par Dzog Päi Sang Gyä Rin Chhen Tsug Tor Chän La Chhag Tshäl Lo https://youtu.be/JHP3vMHeGdg
Lama Zopa Rinpoche continually reminds us of the importance of knowing what to do when someone is approaching death. It can come as a surprise, even for those who we know are already more vulnerable. Samaya the cat died from renal failure on the 3rd August 2018. She had kidney disease which was successfully managed for over 4 years although she would have had it before she was rescued. Samaya had been rescued by Tree of Compassion in 2014 from a death row pound. Upon her health check post-rescue, she was found to have kidney disease, aneamia, was very underweight &
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with a student's pet dog in Italy recently. The advice below was provided to another student requesting Rinpoche for advice on how to purify his dog's negative karma. Regarding purification for yourself and your dog, take strong refuge in the Buddha and think that the Buddha sends light to yourself and your dog, and to any other animals or beings you want to think about. Think nectar comes from the Buddha and purifies the negative karma, created from beginningless time, of yourself and the dog and other beings you are thinking about. Then recite the refuge prayer. Keep reciting
Bihar is also one of the poorest states in India and this compounds the suffering of animals. MAITRI not only rescues and treats animals, it also has an animal oureach program for local villages (not to mention its main work with leprosy, tuberculosis, village schools and more!) The new goats will join the resident goats already at MAITRI as well as almost 100 rescued dogs, chickens, rabbits and even a horse. To view the latest photos of the rescued goats, go to our facebook page. To read more about MAITRI’s wonderful work with animals, click here. We cannot continue the rescue and care
On 1st July 2015 we lost our dear friend Tamdrin the goat. Tamdrin was one of the earliest rescues that would become Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Animal Liberation Sanctuary at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. He was a young goat when he arrived, as most are when they find themselves at a roadside butcher. Despite being the only goat without horns, he could stand his ground and enjoyed playing with the other young goats. He became quite familiar with the trips up to the stupas to do ‘korwa’ (circumambulation) and wouldn’t need any leading. Tamdrin was witness to all of the changes and improvements to