Saving Lives Series
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Painting by Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche
The following texts are currently available as part of our Saving Lives series:
- The Stairway to Great Bliss: A Method for Planting the Seed of Liberation in Animals by Dodrupchen Jigme Trinle Özer
This text contains all the recitations required for the practice of tsethar, freeing animals or ransoming their lives; it includes the aspiration that they may be freed from sickness, harmful influences and fears, and ultimately attain perfect liberation and omniscience.
This simple practice of 'freeing lives' (tshe thar), which is included in the Rinchen Terdzö, was arranged by Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoche, who drew mainly upon The Innermost Secret, Unsurpassed Longevity Practice (tshe sgrub yang gsang bla med) of Longsal Nyingpo (1625–1692).
This popular liturgy for saving the lives of animals includes practices of taking refuge and generating bodhicitta, as well as the recitation of mantras and dhārāṇīs, visualization, and prayers of auspiciousness, dedication and aspiration.
- A River Filled with the Amṛta of Love: A Liturgy for Saving and Releasing the Lives of Animals compiled by Metrul Tendzin Gyatso
- The Glorious Gift of Longevity and Granting All Desires: A Liturgy for Saving Lives by Mipham Rinpoche
In a series of poetic verses Chatral Rinpoche explains the purpose and benefit of saving the lives of endangered animals, especially those due to be slaughtered, as it is a practice of protection from harm and an expression of universal compassion.