On 1st July 2015 we lost our dear friend
Tamdrin the goat. Tamdrin was one of the earliest rescues that would become
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Animal Liberation Sanctuary at Kopan Monastery,
Nepal. He was a young goat when he arrived, as most are when they find
themselves at a roadside butcher. Despite being the only goat without horns, he
could stand his ground and enjoyed playing with the other young goats. He
became quite familiar with the trips up to the stupas to do ‘korwa’ (circumambulation) and wouldn’t
need any leading.
Tamdrin was witness to all of the changes
and improvements to the temporary facilities behind Kopan Monastery from 2005
until the big move to the new land in January 2014. He survived the PPR (Peste des petits ruminants) outbreak
in 2010 where over half the herd at that time died (10 animals). He often had
problems with his feet, particularly in monsoon, but otherwise generally was in
When all the monastery goats joined the
nunnery goat ‘overflow’ in the big move to the new land and new shelters he was
a bit suspicious at first but soon adapted to the new arrangements and seemed
to be enjoying the place, along with his old friends like Jigme and Dorje.
Unfortunately Jigme died at the end of December 2014 and Tamdrin grieved at this
loss for some time.
He will be greatly missed. He would
invariably come to say a special hello to the project coordinators no matter
how long the duration since their last visit. He would offer up his hornless
head for a scratch and a rub and then would lean on you in that friendly way
goats show their trust and affection.
Tamdrin circumambulated and was ‘bopped’
with holy objects many times, as well as hearing sutras, prayers and mantras
from many different people, including Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche himself.
Please include Tamdrin and all the animals
at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary in
your prayers and dedications to quickly achieve Enlightenment for the benefit
of all beings.