Saturday, April 6 at 8:30am
Location: Inquire at the Monastery; plan to carpool to Skagit County
Tibetan Buddhists have traditionally practiced releasing animals otherwise destined for slaughter (semchen tsetar tangpa). For the animals whose lives are saved, the freedom and relief from being killed helps to bring happiness to them. The practice generates an immense amount of merit that we can dedicate for the benefit of all sentient beings. We will be raising funds to release Dungeness crabs into their natural habitat and be dedicating it for the long life and good health of our precious teachers.
The practice began with Venerable Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche and Dr. Kristine Honda releasing 55 crabs and approximately 300 worms in 2009. The next year, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.E. Dagmo Kusho, their family, and several Sakya Monastery members participated. Over 250 crabs were released and approximately 1000 fishing worms were set free in 2010. In 2011, 150 crabs were released and last year, 205 crabs were released into the Puget Sound. This year H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.E. Dagmo Kusho, members of the Sakya Family, the lamas of Sakya Monastery, and Monastery members and friends will travel to the vicinity of Anacortes for another release. Venerable Tulku Yeshi will lead the prayers for the 5th year in a row. Please join us!
The Monastery will be collecting donations ahead of time for our April event so that we can arrange the purchase of the crabs and so that all who are interested can participate. Directions will be provided upon request.