How to Bless Animals [Video]
How many ways are there to benefit other living beings?
At Buddha Amitabha Pure Land (BAPL) in Washington State, USA, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, resident Sangha, and visiting students take many measures to benefit the living beings—animals, insects, snakes, birds, and fish—who share the land and water there.
Rinpoche is always thinking of new ways to spread blessings, take away suffering, and help even the smallest creatures. These include the recitation of mantras, sutras, and prayers, as well as other activities. Many of these are described by Ven. Tharchin, a resident of BAPL, in a 25-minute YouTube video on FPMT’s YouTube channel (see below).
According to Rinpoche in his book Liberating Animals from the Danger of Death, sentient beings can experience purification of their karma and avoid the lower realms in the future as a result of such practices. Rinpoche says: “When the Buddha gave teachings to 500 swans in a field, in their next life they were born as human beings. They became monks and all became arya beings, able to achieve the cessation of suffering and the true path. So the result is unbelievable, just by hearing Dharma words.”
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.