Compassion for Animals Weekend
On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012, recite as many malas of Chenrezig mantras as you can. You can choose to either do a whole Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara - Compassion Buddha) sadhana with mantras or else simply take refuge and generate bodhicitta and recite the mantras.
Dedications: Please dedicate your mantas to the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and all our holy gurus and for their holy wishes to succeed immediately, and for the removal of obstacles to finding the funds to build the required infrastructure on the new land of the Animal Liberation Sanctuary in Nepal and for the success of the Enlightenment for the Dear Animals projects.
For more information on dedications, go to our Dedications page.
What some people previously:
In Gyalwa Gyatso Center, San Jose, USA Geshe Wangdu visited the center and gave a teaching on the plight of the animal realm and the benefits of practicing compassion in this way and then they all chanted the Chenrzig mantra. “We came away with a renewed appreciation for the suffering of being reborn in a body with such a limited capacity to accumulate merit and practice the Dharma”, said one student.
Jamyang Centre in London, UK, organized a day for students/visitors to think more deeply animals whilst the students at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre, Perth, Australia, got together and did the Chenrezig sadhana and recited a total of 60 malas for the enlightenment of the dear animals. Also in Australia, one group of prisoners (from Long Bay Correctional Centre) did a Chenrezig practice and dedicated the merits to the animals. Several of the prisoners took the practice away with them offering to continue in their cells.
Many people also did mantras and practices at home. One student wrote saying: “we shall say om mani padme hung with our goldfish, guinea pigs and chooks all weekend for the benefit of all sentient beings” whilst another in Australia ventured into her local bushland saying mantras to the wildlife. Another student reported doing mantras for all the animals in the oceans as he was on a flight over the Pacific.