Animals treated to blessing on their day
World Animal Day markedSALLY KIDSON
With his wide smile and calm presence Geshe Jampa Tharchin draws animals to him. So the Tibetan Buddhist monk had no problems blessing a myriad of creatures at the Nelson SPCA.
Geshe, who is a teacher at the Chandrakirti Meditation Centre in Upper Moutere, performed the ritual yesterday to mark World Animal Day.
After reciting prayers, Geshe and representatives from the centre individually blessed each animal.
The puppies leapt in their cages to be blessed. Even the unwanted cats did not mind a liberal dusting of holy water.
The ducks, rabbits and goats also took it all in their stride.
The only animal to show a bit of attitude was a chicken who flapped her wings to assert herself.
Speaking through a translator Tenzin Thubwang, Geshe said there was a ritual in Tibetan Buddhism where people saved animals from slaughter by buying them. Those animals were then blessed, which removed the fear from their mind and they could live in a happy state and be reborn in a higher state.
He said animals had feelings and were attached to their owners. Lost animals at the SPCA were missing their owners. If the animals were adopted and taken into new families it would be a great relief for them. He thanked the people at the SPCA for doing a job of great humanity.
SPCA event co-ordinator Summer Marvin said it was great for the Chandrakirti Meditation Centre to come and be a part of World Animal Day. "It's lovely for them to bless our animals."
She hoped that animals would soon find a good home. Nelson Cathedral will hold a Pet Service tomorrow at 10am.
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