108 'Laps' for Animals!
We would like to announce a fantastic opportunity to help animals in Nepal. In partnership with Tree of Compassion, we are conducting a retrospective ‘stupa-thon’ by circumambulating the famous Boudhanath Stupa in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. ‘Stupa-thon’ means you can sponsor Tania and Megan to circumambulate the most holy and extremely large stupa 108 times in one day. ‘Retrospective’ because they’ve already done it, on the holy Buddha day of Lhabab Duchen (24 November) (some plans come together later than others!). They not only went around the stupa 108 times (which took many hours and involved some hardships – Tania is still recovering from a sprain part way through the day), but they also did light offerings, recited many mantras, prayers and dedications, made donations, offerings of paint and prayer flags to the stupa and so on. Why? The merit of any activity on that Buddha day is said to be multiplied 100 million times. And they dedicated the activity primarily for animals, particularly those at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal.
Since they have already succeeded in their task (from early morning to late at night), all you have to do is decide how much you would like to sponsor for the 108 circumambulations and offer your donation! And because it is incredibly huuuuuuge karma, you can dedicate the merit you are making for supporting the practice, and the support of the animals, and your generosity, to any and every cause that you know needs good karma. Everyone’s a winner!
“Even dreaming of a stupa or remembering a stupa that we have seen, plants the seed to enlightenment. It plants the seed to total liberation and everlasting happiness—to be free forever from all the suffering causes and to attain the highest enlightenment. We plant the seed of liberation and enlightenment even when we dream of a stupa. So then, anybody who sees the stupa, even animals, just by seeing the stupa it becomes an incredible purification of the mind”. Lama Zopa Rinpoche (
The Benefits of Stupas
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Atisha Centre, Bendigo, Australia in 2000