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Medicine Buddha is an extraordinary and precious healing meditation practice found in Tibetan Buddhism.

No sentient being wants to experience pain and suffering. Unfortunately, billions of animals are killed for human consumption, used as live bait or food for other animals, and killed for their skin and fur, amongst many other terrible fates. Liberating animals from death or harm, and then blessing them with holy objects and prayers, is a way to help alleviate their suffering, extend their precious life, and create the cause for their good rebirth.

During the day there will be lively discussion about all things vegan and what we can do to ease the suffering of animals, a video of Buddhist teachers (Tibetan Lamas) blessing animals, an opportunity to learn how to do the Medicine Buddha practice and a shared vegan lunch. Finally, there will  be a Medicine Buddha puja (chanted Buddhist prayers) dedicated to the beautiful animals we share our planet with.

“Where there is a mind, there are feelings such as pain, pleasure, and joy. No sentient being wants pain; instead all want happiness. Since we all share these feelings at some basic level, we as rational human beings have an obligation to contribute in whatever way we can to the happiness of other species and try our best to relieve their fears and sufferings.” – His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama

This event is in support of ‘Vegan January’, but you do not need to be Buddhist or vegan to come along and find out about this healing practice.
Programme
11:00am Introduction to Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds and Buddhist practices for the welfare of animals
 
11:30am Animal Liberation videos and discussion
 
12:30pm Shared lunch (vegan)
 
1:30pm Introduction to Medicine Buddha and shrine set up
 
2:00pm Medicine Buddha puja dedicated to those in the animal realm
 
3:30pm Dedication and recap of practical tips on practices to benefit animals
 
4:00pm Finish

Suggested donation £25 for the day including a vegan lunch and vegan tea and biscuits throughout the day.

To book please email smile@jamyangleeds.co.uk, or book via the button above.

Classes are offered for free at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds so as many people as possible can benefit. We do not get grants and all donations go towards running the Centre. You can donate at the start of a class or online by clicking the link on the right.