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Spiritual Care for Animals Course

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Tania Duratovic, Enlightenment for the Dear Animals and Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal Project Coordinator is leading a special course at Vajrayana Institute, Sydney, for World Animal Day 2017. The course will cover Tibetan Buddhist methods for benefiting animals as instructed by Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, particularly nearing and at the time of death.

Date & time: Saturday 7 October 2017; 1-4.30pm

Cost: $30/$25 VI members

Venue: Vajrayana Institute, Victoria Square, Ashfield NSW

Farewell Tamdrin

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.

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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 good health.

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.

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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.

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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/

Crack in Boudinath Stupa

Indian Court Bans Animal Sacrifice

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.


Goat Vendor, India


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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.

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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.

Boudha stupa

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!

No need to pledge – just donate the amount you wish, either through the FPMT donations page or through Tree of Compassion (in Australia). And don’t forget to dedicate the merit!


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



Dzambala died at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal, in March 2013. He had been one of the original residents, one of the original rescues. He was probably the first goat in Nepal to have an artificial leg fitted (after a tumour resulted in a part-amputation).

Dzambala


This video tells a bit about his life at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary. You can also see an article published online at Mandala Magazine.

[Link to Tree of Compassion page with video link]







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.


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