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Helping Your Pet at the End

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 &

Visit to the Sanctuary

Some course participants from Kopan Monastery visited the Animal Liberation Sanctuary - bopping the animals with mantras, taking them around the stupas, giving them lots of pats and all the while trying to avoid the monsoon leeches getting into their socks!  

Listening to Rinpoche Live

Yeshe, a rescue cat, listens with concentration to Lama Zopa Rinpoche & students in Singapore recite the Heart Sutra at the start of teachings. You can join Yeshe by tuning in online to the FPMT YouTube live-streaming channel

How to Purify a Dog’s Karma

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

Goats Rescued in India!

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

Farewell Tamdrin

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

Animal Sanctuary Successful Move

Leading the way were 2 van-loads of goats being brought up from Kopan nunnery (they have been there in quarantine and due to space restrictions at the temporary shelters at the monastery). The monastery goats were herded in three groups, beginning at the monastery lower gate and heading up the road. The last group included the less-abled. Dawa the sheep with three legs, Norbu the young goat with a recent amputation, Nying-Je with wounds, and some of the old-timers who have some minor leg problems.     The route to the land becomes a narrow and steep foot track, with sections