Date: June 2, 2013 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Portside Park, East Waterfront Road, Vancouver (at the north foot of Main Street)
Everyone is welcome to participate in this meritorious event. You can contribute money for the purchase of live fish. Any amounts (cash only) are welcome, but please do so on or before May 26th.
You are also welcome to join the Life Release practice on that day. Please arrive 15 min. before the ceremony starts.
Life release is a Buddhist tradition of saving lives of animals that are destined to be killed. Although every life is precious, the fact of being alive inevitably causes taking lives of other beings. We cannot completely prevent this situation because as long as we walk, breath, eat, and so forth; we cause deaths of many creatures. However we can cultivate mindfulness, and try to reduce taking lives to the best of our ability. We can also offer a gift of life and protection through the practice of Life Release. The practice has two aspects: 1) the act of saving lives; and 2) the blessing of the prayers that accompany life release.
It is said that no virtue brings greater merit than the act of saving beings and ransoming their lives. It benefits those who offer the gift of life as well as those who receive it. It is the best practice for your own longevity and health. It dispels all external and internal adversity and obstacles. Its result will be strengthened if the practice is conducted with love and compassion, and the merit dedicated to all beings without exception to enjoy happiness and a life free from any harm.
If we are Buddhists, we dedicate the merit from the practice of life release to the benefit of all beings, to long life of Buddhist teachers and practitioners, and to the flourishing of the Dharma. As students of Thrangu Rinpoche in particular, we dedicate the practice to his long life, and to the flourishing of his activity in the world.