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Kopan Monastery, Nepal — September 6, 2011
From Ven. Roger:
A goat is standing by a shop, tied on a very short leash. It is waiting to be killed by the butcher. I am not sure if it is aware it will be killed very soon. Rinpoche asks the jeep to stop as soon as he sees the goat. It is a nice looking, strong and young goat, brown colored with spots all over it. The negotiations start immediately with the shopkeeper. How much does he want for the goat? He discusses it with his friend in the shop and we settle on 8,500 rupees (about US$ 119), the cost of a cheap cell phone. The man explains that now they will get another goat because they have a commitment to get meat for the weekend. Rinpoche immediately starts negotiating for the second goat. I wonder to myself how long is this going to go on! We settle on the price for the second goat. Then we drive off to Kopan Nunnery and the two goats are brought there soon after. Rinpoche blesses both the goats. They look happy!
Since we have arrived back in Nepal, Rinpoche has saved ten or eleven goats from the little butcher shop at the foot of Kopan Hill. At the nunnery they have a Nepalese man devoted to the care of the goats. They have a similar situation at Kopan Monastery.
We have been back in Nepal now for three months. This is by far the longest time Rinpoche has stayed in one place in at least the last 25 years. Strange being in one place this long.
On the 4th of October (one month from now), thousands of animals will be sacrificed/slaughtered here in Nepal. It is an annual event in Nepal and it is unbelievably horrific and cruel. For Rinpoche it is unbearable so we are discussing what pujas and prayers can be done to help the animals that die (and the people killing them) have a better rebirth. Rinpoche has organize all the Sangha of Sera, Ganden, Drepung, Ven. Drubthob Rinpoche’s monastery, Drepung Nunnery, Kopan Monastery and Nunnery, as well as other monasteries to do extensive Medicine Buddha pujas on that day and also Nyung Näs. In all, more than 12,000 monks and nuns will make strong prayers on the 3rd of October, one day before the horrible mass slaughter.
The goats mentioned above are part of the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, located at Kopan Monastery. You can learn more about this and other animal projects via Enlightenment for the Dear Animals.
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