It was a drizzling Wesak Day morning at the Kepong Metropolitan Park where an Animal Liberation ceremony was held in conjunction with the Wesak celebration.
Although it was drizzling, it did not stop the 70 participants that arrived as early as 8.30am to engage in this auspicious and meritorious event together. A total of 36 first timers joined and everyone eagerly waited to set the fishes and birds free!
The session started off with Pastor Chia leading the group to set the motivation and reciting prayers. Pastor Chia gave a brief explanation of the event and the benefits of liberating lives. With Frederick Law as the Mandarin translator, the prayer session started with taking refuge, followed by Shantideva Boddhicita’s prayer.
Then, everyone recited the Medicine Buddha Mantra and Guru Mantra 7 times each before moving on to blowing the blessings of the mantras that was recited into the birds and fishes mind streams for a good rebirth in the future. A completion dedication was done after releasing the animals.
By the end of the day, a total of 150kg of fish and 85 birds were released.
The act of liberating animals provides a platform for families to participate in a meaningful activity together. Besides the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful environment of the park; the families are also generating tremendous merits by liberating lives on Wesak Day and thus dedicating the merits collected to their loved ones, who may be ill or have passed away.
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