What is a revered Buddhist lama from Nepal doing at a classical Chinese garden in Vancouver? He is offering a blessing to the living things many people cherish most – their pets!
Kyabgon Phakchock Rinpoche, the supreme head of the Taklung Kagyu Bhuddhist lineage, will conduct the first known pet blessing in Vancouver by a Buddhist lama at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, Sat. Sept. 1, in the outer courtyard 3 and 4 p.m.
According to Buddhist thought, blessing animals can help reduce the hardships they may face in their lives, and lead to a positive rebirth.
Pet owners are urged to contact the Gardens at to reserve a spot. For the safety of all participants, dogs must be leashed and well-behaved and small animals must be in a carrier or otherwise contained. If the pet cannot attend the ceremony, owners can bring a photo for blessing. A portion of the suggested $20 (or pay as you can) donation will be used to help dogs-in-need in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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An extraordinary and humorous speaker, Phakchok Rinpoche is fluent in English and delivers clear and profound explanations of Buddhist philosophy. He will be in Vancouver to provide teachings from Aug. 31 to Sept 5. Check mangalashrifoundation.org to register or find more information.