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Crack in Boudinath Stupa

Nepal has been struck by its worst earthquake in 80 years. The human death toll is high as will be the animal death toll. The Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Kopan is in the zone of the quake. Our staff have been checking the animals to see if they are ok. Our friend Tree of Compassion is leading a disaster relief team on the ground in Kathmandu led by Phil Hunt, Tree of Compassion secretary and Animal Liberation Sanctuary Coordinator. Our first task is to assess and reassure our animals at the sanctuary, the cows in particular who are more easily frightened, followed by checking the safety of the shelters and the security of the fences. Our goats and resident dogs are quite adept at escaping should the opportunity arise.

There is currently no electricity or internet at Kopan and phone connection is quite difficult. We will be posting updates as they are available on our Facebook page (both Tree of Compassion and Enlightenment for the Dear Animals). Then we will be conducting outreach for the community with a focus on animals in need but also helping people. In a disaster of this magnitude, we anticipate animals will have a range of needs such as emergency veterinary care, emergency feed, shelter and so on.

As Buddhists, we will also be saying mantras to all the animals we come across and ‘bopping’ them with a small statue given to us by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for that purpose. We ask you to join us in saying prayers for all those sentient beings affected, human and animal alike.

Tree of Compassion is calling for donation to be able to help the animals in Nepal. Please donate via Tree of Compassion http://www.treeofcompassion.org.au/donate/


Indian Court Bans Animal Sacrifice

Goat Vendor, India

An Indian court has banned animal sacrifice in the state of Himachal Pradesh at places of worship hopefully ending this old but very much outdated tradition. Goats and other animals such as sheep are killed with knives as ‘sacrifice’ to Hindu deities at certain times of the year in parts of the Himalaya. Many of the goats at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal, have been rescued from these sacrifices as it is a widespread practice in Nepal.


Animal Sanctuary Successful Move

The new Animal Liberation Sanctuary finally opened its doors on 2nd January 2014 to the 49 goats and 2 sheep that have been waiting patiently for construction to be completed. The land is only a short walk from Kopan Monastery but there is no permanent road access, a situation that has added to the complexities of building the new facilities. On the second and third of January the big move came.


Liberating for Rinpoche's Long Life


Liberating Animals

Practices for Rinpoche’s Health and Long Life

As many of you know, Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma) has provided advice for practices that FPMT centers, projects, services and students can do to help remove obstacles to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life. One of the practices that Khadro-la specifically mentioned was to liberate many animals.

Find out how you can make this practice most effective.


Rinpoche Asks Students to Go Veg!

Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of the FPMT, has called on his students to become vegetarian.

"When I was in hospital I saw a program about animals that were sold to be killed in Indonesia and other countries (live export), I don’t know how long this has been going on, must be already for a long time".


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