The compassionate monks on Prince Edward Island have rescued 600 pounds of lobster. The monks have been purchasing lobsters from various corners of the island according to the Venerable Dan of the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society in Little Islands.
After making such a grand shopping, they took a fishing boat and released the lobsters back into the ocean of Wood Islands in hope that there were no more cages waiting for them in the area. The purpose of such a mission is to cultivate compassion, and not only for lobsters, but for every single live being.
The monks respect all the dietary choices and are not trying by any means to convert people into vegans or vegetarians, but just to develop the feeling of compassion towards the others. Lobsters served like a tool, in their place could be worms, flies or any other animal.
Before releasing the lobsters, monks performed a 20 minutes ceremony with a prayer and chant to the Buddha of compassion. Dan says, that you don’t need to have a ceremony or be a Buddhist to be compassionate, and be nicer to live beings, just try to think from their point of view.
For example, if someone whom you love happened to be in such situation, what would you do? They would want you to give them a hand of help and bring back to comfort and happy atmosphere, right? If everybody will start doing it, the earth will become a better place.
Monks found support among the islanders and even fishermen who helped to find the better place for releasing the lobsters in order not to be captured again.
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