Animal Liberation Fund
Where there is a mind, there are feelings such as pain, pleasure, and joy. No sentient being wants pain; instead all want happiness. Since we all share these feelings at some basic level, we as rational human beings have an obligation to contribute in whatever way we can to the happiness of other species and try our best to relieve their fears and sufferings.
The Animal Liberation Fund supports ongoing animal liberations offered by Sangha and students which include extensive prayers and dedications made for Lama Zopa Rinpoche, his gurus, all sponsors of this fund, all beings who are sick or face an untimely death, as well as many specific dedications requested by the FPMT community. Supporting animal liberations creates the cause for long life for the animals, for oneself, and for those to whom the prayers are dedicated.
There are enormous benefits generated from supporting animal liberations and prayers for long life. The recipients of benefit are the creatures being saved, blessed and released during the liberations; those who support the animal liberation practice; and those to whom the animal liberations are dedicated.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains:
“By doing prayers and chanting powerful mantras for the animals, they receive a higher rebirth and liberation. This practice purifies immediately the oceans of samsaric suffering.”
“For the person who liberates animals, or whoever wants to dedicate the merit to those with life obstacles, this practice helps them to obtain long life. Even if you don’t expect it, the karma will cause you to have a long life.”
Liberations, Blessings, and Sanctuaries
The fund supports weekly animal liberations and extensive dedications offered by Sangha at the residences of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. When funds allow, additional animal liberations in Singapore and Hong Kong are supported, as well as efforts to save the lives of animals at animal sanctuaries in Nepal, India, and elsewhere.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has performed many animal liberations and blessings, and has offered detailed advice on how to perform blessings and benefit animals and insects, found below.
Due to the kindness of sponsors to the Animal Liberation Fund, we are able to liberate approximately 75,000 sentient beings every year. Additionally, our dedications list has included over 8,000 people.
- Weekly Liberations
- Blessing Lakes
- Blessing Insects and Small Animals
- Supporting Other Liberations and Sanctuaries
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 Rinpoche’s house, reciting mantras and blessing them with mantra water before they are carefully liberated in a safe place.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has on a number of occasions blessed lakes surrounding Amitabha Buddha Pure Land in Washington, USA. Rinpoche designed special prayer flags and set up a number of holy objects to be used on a raft for the blessings, and offered blessed food for the lake-bound beings. Rinpoche has asked the local Sangha to continue regular lake blessings in the area using some of the holy objects on the raft.
Blessing Insects and Small Animals
In October 2016, Lama Zopa Rinpoche responded to a student’s question about what to do when finding dead insects. Rinpoche replied in detail how he and Sangha members work to benefit insects, birds, and other small animals:
“Thank you for your kind email. With respect to dead insects, the main thing you can do to benefit them is to recite the mantra of Compassion Buddha (OM MANI PADME HUM), Stainless Pinnacle mantra, Stainless Lotus Pinnacle mantra, the short Namgyalma mantra, and the Five Powerful Deities mantras.
After reciting a few times—or it can be fifteen times, twenty times, or one mala of each mantra, whatever you can—blow over the dead body of the insect to purify its negative karma and obscurations collected since beginningless rebirths. Then, visualize that it generates into the deity of the mantra you recited…” Read the full advice.
Supporting Other Liberations and Sanctuaries
The Animal Liberation Fund has supported liberations offered by FPMT communities in Singapore and Hong Kong. The Fund has also sponsored the ongoing care of vulnerable animals at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, managed by Kopan Monastery in Nepal, the MAITRI Charitable Trust in Bodhgaya, India, and sanctuaries elsewhere.
Animal Liberation Resources
The FPMT Foundation Store offers teachings and practices from Lama Zopa Rinpoche about how to benefit animals, including the animal liberation practice.
FPMT Education Services has complied a large collection of advice and practices from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for benefiting animals.
To send names for dedications, please email: Holly Ansett
Photos and Video
——— Animal Liberation Fund News & Updates
The annual budget for the Animal Liberation Fund is US$10,000. Any excess funds raised go directly to supporting more animal liberations which include extensive prayers and dedications for the long life of others.
Offer Your Compassionate Support
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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