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The death of these fish was certain but they were offered animal liberation practice by Cham Tse Ling in Hong Kong.

The Animal Liberation Fund was incredibly pleased to offer $2,000 toward a very large animal liberation which was organized by Hong Kong’s Cham Tse Ling Center. This center recently purchased $20,000 worth of fish and other animals that were intended to be killed, and liberated them. The number of animals in this liberation totaled 14,500!

This animal liberation was dedicated to all beings and specifically to the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and all the holy kind gurus; all the donors of the Animal Liberation Fund; all those who have sent in their names requesting prayers; as
well as all the students, benefactors, and volunteers
of all FPMT centers, projects and services.

After the animal liberation, the dear animals were released back to their homes.

After the animal liberation, the dear animals were released back to their homes.

Complete animal liberation practice was offered to the animals who were taken around many holy objects and blessed with blessed water before being released. This is according to the specific advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche on how to offer charity the animals in the best way, ensuring their long term benefit. 

 Thank you so much to Ven. Pemba, Esther and all the students of Cham Tse Ling and please rejoice in this incredible practice. Saving 14,500 sentient beings, how incredible!

If you would like to offer any amount the Animal Liberation Fund, your donation will be used for large animal liberations such as this, as well as weekly animal liberations offered.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Sangha offering animal liberation practice at Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, CA, USA. November 2013, Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

When Lama Zopa Rinpoche is at his residence in Calfornia, Kachoe Dechen Ling, he often joins in the weekly animal liberations that the Sangha do on behalf of all who are sick. These liberations include extensive prayers and practice, according to Rinpoche’s advice, with emphasizes taking the animals around holy objects (At Kachoe Dechen Ling they are taken around the stupa which, itself, has many smaller stupas and tsa-tsas lining every edge), and blessing them with mantras and water blessed by mantra before they are released. 

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Sangha offering animal liberation practice. November 2013, Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

In these photos, Lama Zopa Rinpoche is carrying worms that have been liberated (these worms would have been used as bait for catching fish). Rinpoche is carrying them with this right arm, which is still healing following Rinpoche’s stroke, so this practice also serves a form of exercise. The Sangha circumambulate, chant mantras and prayers and offer incense. The animal liberation practice is typically offered in the afternoon, but often when Rinpoche is in the house it can happen very  late at night.

You can learn more about the Animal Liberation Fund and offer your support.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche and one of the beautiful Namgyälma boards being used to bless sentient beings in the Pacific Ocean and all who come into contact with it.

In addition to the weekly animal liberations offered by the Sangha at Kachoe Dechen Ling – Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s California residence, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested the Sangha to also make weekly trips to the Pacific Ocean in order to bless all the beings living in the ocean, by using large  Namgyälma mantra boards. This practice benefits all sentient beings in the ocean as well as all who touch the ocean, swim in the ocean, surf, etc. The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest ocean (69,375,000 square miles) so by blessing this ocean, the benefit spreads far and wide. As well as blessing the sentient beings in the ocean and those who interact with the ocean, extensive practice involving visualization and mantra recitation is also done in accordance with advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche. An excerpt from this beautiful practice, the abbreviated Yeshe Kadra practice:

From the introduction:

Pretas suffer heavily of hunger and thirst – not finding even a drop of water or a spoonful of food for hundreds of thousands of eons; incredible exhaustion; disappointment; heat and cold, etc.  In particular, the pretas experience three types of obscurations: outer, inner, and obscurations related to food and drink. This practice of  “Yeshe Karda” is a practice whereby every single preta, of all the different types of pretas, receives drink.

From the actual practice:

For all pretas, whom the Omniscient Mind sees, this ocean of water appears as nectar. All pretas see it as an ocean of milk; they drink it and are fully satisfied. It liberates them from all sufferings, defilements, and the causes of sufferings – karma and delusions, including the specific sufferings of pretas.  All these are purified and they actualize the whole path to enlightenment.

The practice is dedicated to all beings, especially for the long life of our precious gurus and and with Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recommended dedication practices.

Here you can see Rinpoche doing this very practice with Sangha

 About the Namgyälma mantra, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has said:

“Namgyälma is one of the five powerful deities that manifested to purify negative karma. The benefits of reciting the five powerful mantras are mind blowing. If you recite the mantras for anyone who has been born in the lower realms, it has the power to liberate them into a pure land and so forth. That’s an incredible thing. The mantra when written can be put on the head of a person or animal who has passed away. Or you can chant this mantra and then blow on water or sand, which you throw over the body to purify. These mantras are very important and powerful in the jangwa prayers.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Sangha and students using the Namgyälma boards to bless all who come into contact with the Pacific Ocean.

“Before reciting the mantra one can do the seven-limb prayer. Then make a request to Namgyalma for oneself and all sentient beings to be completely purified of all negative karmas and all those who are already in the lower realms to be immediately born in the pure land, where they can attain enlightenment, or to receive perfect human rebirth, meet the pure Mahayana teachings and be guided by perfectly qualified Mahayana gurus. Also, all the different negative karmas of sentient beings causing war, earthquakes, famine, disease, etc. to be purified, to not happen again in the future.

“Generate strong compassion. Recite the long mantra several times and then the short mantra. As you recite the mantra, visualize nectar beams are emitted, purifying the negative karmas of every sentient being since beginningless rebirth. They all receive the blessings of Namgyälma.”

Extracted from advice given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche following the tsunami tragedy, Kachoe Dechen Ling, December 28th 200.

Long Namgyälma Mantra

 

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OM NAMO BHAGAVATE / SARVA TRAILOKYA
PRATIVISHISHTAYA / BUDDHAYA TE NAMA TADYATHA /
OM BHRUM BHRUM BHRUM SHODHAYA SHODHAYA /
VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA / ASAMA SAMANTA / AVABHASA
SPHARANA GATI / GAGANA SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE /
ABHISHINCHANTU MAM / SARVA TATHAGATA SUGATA / VARA
VACHANA AMRITA ABHISHEKAIRA / MAHAMUDRA / MANTRA
PADE / AHARA AHARA / MAMA AYUR SAMDHARANI /
SHODHAYA SHODHAYA / VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA /
GAGANA SVABHAVA / VISHUDDHE USHNISHA VIJAYA /
PARISHUDDHE SAHASRA RASMI SANCHO DITE / SARVA
TATHAGATA AVALOKINI / SHAT PARAMITA PARIPURANI /
SARVA TATHAGATA MATE DASHA BHUMI PRATISHTHITE /
SARVA TATHAGATA HRIDAYA / ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE /
MUDRE MUDRE / MAHA MUDRE / VAJRA KAYA / SAMHATANA
PARISHUDDHE / SARVA KARMA AVARANA VISHUDDHE
PRATINI VARTAYA / MAMA AYUR VISHUDDHE / SARVA
TATHAGATA SAMAYA / ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE / OM
MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI / VIMUNI VIMUNI MAHA VIMUNI /
MATI MATI MAHA MATI / MAMATI / SUMATI / TATHATA BHU
DHA KOTI PARISHUDDHE / VISPHUTA BUDDHE SHUDDHE /
HE HE JAYA JAYA VIJAYA VIJAYA / SMARA SMARA /
SPHARA SPHARA / SPHARAYA SPHARAYA / SARVA BUDDHA
ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE / SHUDDHE SHUDDHE / BUDDHE
BUDDHE / VAJRE VAJRE / MAHA VAJRE / SUVAJRE / VAJRA

Further Reading/Resources

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Fred Cheong (now ordained as Ven. Drachom) is offering Rinpoche a medallion with 1,000 Namgyalma mantras on it. Photo: Ven. Roger Kunsang May 4, 2013.

Earlier this year, Ven. Drachom (Fred Cheong), vice president of Amitabha Buddhist Centre’s (ABC) executive committee, pledged to liberate 10 million beings for the long life of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and a team of ABC volunteers are involved in making all of this happen. Ven. Drachom first began doing animal liberation practice when Geshe Lama Konchog became ill with cancer in 2000. He pledged to Lama Zopa Rinpoche to liberate one million animals for Geshe Lama Konchog, which he did and then some. When Rinpoche manifested a stroke in 2011, Ven. Drachom and his team liberated 10 million animals in four months, dedicating the merit to Rinpoche’s complete recovery and long life.

About once a month at ABC, sea creatures are purchased at a seafood market to liberate. Then they circumambulate the animals around center, which has 100 sets of the Kangyur and Tengyur as well as more than 300 stupas and many holy objects, including prayer wheels and statues. They do the animal liberation practice in the FPMT Prayer Book. Then, using a boat, the animals are taken to a place where they can be released. “We have good conditions to do this,” Ven. Drachom explains. “We are close to the sea and have a good place to release them, where they are in the correct environment.”

Strong prayers and dedications are made for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life and to stay with us and guide us, and for all of His Holiness’ prayers and wishes to come true as well as for the long life and perfect health of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and for all of Rinpoche’s wishes and prayers to succeed.

“At ABC, our intention is to continue doing animal liberation practice and benefiting beings forever – life after life,” Ven. Drachom said. For the future, he envisions that those who know about doing liberations and who have liberated many animals will teach and share that knowledge with others.

Please rejoice in all the lives saved and thank you to all the kind donors, Ven. Drachom and the students of Amitabha Buddhist Center who help to make all this possible.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Ven.Khedup and behind Maitri Charitable Trust Director Adriana Ferranti and her staff circumambulating the stupas made so that animals can create merit while they receive care.

The Animal Liberation Fund was pleased to offer US$3,000 to MAITRI Charitable Trust, which, through its Animal Care Program, has taken on the responsibility for providing essential care to hundreds of animals in need in Bodhgaya, India, since 1994. This donation was specifically intended to cover the cost of food for 45 goats and 25 chickens that have been saved from death. The annual cost to feed these animals is US$7,117. 

The Animal Liberation Fund is extremely happy to support MAITRI Charitable Trust in its incredible efforts caring for animals that would otherwise be killed.

You can learn more about what MAITRI Charitable Trust is doing and support their work directly.

Please rejoice in this work. You are welcome to support the Animal Liberation Fund, which supports weekly animal liberations and offers support to other projects dedicated to liberating animals such as MAITRI Charitable Trust. 

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested the Sangha at his residences to offer the practice of animal liberation every week dedicated to anyone who is sick or having life obstacles.

Extensive prayers are made for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and all our kind teachers, the Sangha and anyone who is sick and requesting prayers.

DSC04940By the end of 2013, approximately 40,000 worms will have been liberated at Rinpoche’s house in Aptos, California. Most weeks the animal liberation practice is offered to 350-900 worms, but this number can be as much as 4,300 if special animal liberations have been requested by an individual or group.

This is something amazing to rejoice in, and something you can make offerings toward, especially if you are sick or would like to offer on behalf of someone else who is sick. Any extra money remaining in the fund is offered toward larger animal liberations held in Singapore and Hong Kong. 

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche leads an animal liberation, Singapore, 2005.

Ven. Roger Kunsang recently requested that all FPMT centers need to begin, or continue, regularly offering animal liberations for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life. The Animal Liberation Fund sponsors weekly animal liberations as well as large animal liberations in Singapore and Hong Kong.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche designed this table as a prototype for animal liberation tables.


Animal liberation is a specific practice done for animals which would otherwise be killed. The practice involves taking the animals-in-danger around holy objects to leave positive imprints in their minds, reciting mantras for them, blessing water to sprinkle onto their bodies, and then releasing them. This differs from general animal blessings which involve blessing any animal with mantras or a holy object. Animal blessings are, of course, wonderful to do for animals, but this is not what is meant by “animal liberations.”

Please refer to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s full advice for benefitting animals.

“Like yourself, all sentient beings want happiness and no not want suffering,  problems or discomfort.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

You can order the Liberating Animals hardcopy or eBook from the FPMT Foundation Store.


Fred Cheong is offering Rinpoche a medallion smaller than a nickel with 1,000 Namgyalma mantras on it. Photo: Ven. Roger Kunsang May 4, 2013.

Fred Cheong is offering Rinpoche a medallion smaller than a nickel with 1,000 Namgyalma mantras on it. Photo: Ven. Roger Kunsang May 4, 2013.


Rejoice!

Student Fred Cheong of Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, has to-date organized the liberation of 181.2 million animals for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life. He plans to  liberate 200 million animals by end of 2014 and has committed to liberate 10 million animals total for Rinpoche’s health ad long life! Please rejoice in this amazing effort and commitment!

 

 


You are also welcome to support the Animal Liberation Fund’s efforts to sponsor animal liberations around the world.

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Animal liberations in Singapore, July 2011.

In July the Animal Liberation Fund was very happy to donate SGD$ 2500 (US$2051) toward larger animal liberations that are organized by Fred Cheong and Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore. Prayers and dedication were included for all the donors of the Animal Liberation Fund, as well as those who have requested prayers and are ill.

On His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday, July 6, Amitabha Buddhist Centre liberated 11,000 kg (24,250 lbs) of sea shell, an estimated 1 million lives. On Chokor Duchen, July 12, when merit is multiplied 100 million times,  Amitabha Buddhist Centre liberated another 700,000 animals.

Strong prayers and dedications were made for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life and to stay with us and guide us, and for all of His Holiness’s prayers and wishes to come true. Dedications were also made for the long life and perfect health of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and for all of Rinpoche’s wishes and prayers to succeed.

Animal Liberation practice is one of the practices that have been recently advised as important to do for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life.

Please rejoice in all the lives saved and thank you to all the kind donors, Fred Cheong and the students of Amitabha Buddhist Center who help to make all this possible.

The Animal Liberation Fund continues to support smaller weekly animal liberations, with strong prayers, by the Sangha at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s house. 
 
If you would also like to participate in future animal liberations:
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DSC04911Lama Zopa Rinpoche is aided by Ven. Holly Ansett in circumambulating small animals around holy objects.Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested the Sangha at his house to do the practice of animal liberation every week dedicated to anyone who is sick or having life obstacles.

Each week the Sangha liberate up to 1,000 animals with the animal liberation practice, taking the animals around the stupa or holy objects at DSC04925Ven. Holly Ansett circumbulating worms around holy objects.Rinpoche’s house, reciting mantras and blessing them with mantra water before they are carefully liberated in a safe place.

Extensive prayers are made for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and all our kind teachers, the Sangha and anyone who is sick and requesting prayers.

This is something amazing to rejoice in, and something you can make offerings toward, especially if you are sick or would like to offer on behalf of someone else who is sick. Any extra money remaining in the fund is offered toward larger animal liberations held in Singapore and Hong Kong.  

How Can I Make a Donation?

To make a tax-deductible donation:

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Or simply send your check in US dollars payable to FPMT Inc. and write “Animal Liberation Fund” on the memo line.

FPMT Inc.
1632 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-4702
USA

The Animal Liberation Fund is a project of FPMT Inc. and is administered by FPMT International Office located in Portland, Oregon, United States. All donations made to this fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(c)(3) to the extent allowed by law.

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In 2012 the Animal Liberation Fund liberated over 33,000 lives!

Sangha living at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s residence performed three animal liberation practices every month, with extensive prayers and dedication to all who are sick or need prayers.

 

Please rejoice as the Animal Liberation Fund has now liberated well over 2,183,100 animals of varying sizes!

Please read this touching short story about Lama Zopa Rinpoche carrying 400 of his “fathers and mothers” on his back, as seen in the photo on the left.

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