Thursday, October 21, 2010

Worldwide Live Release Today: Updated

All it takes is a little imagination -- a little compassion -- and you have performed an act that has enormously positive consequences for you, as well as the creatures you have saved.

It may not seem like much to you, but it means more than words can say. Above, one of our intrepid readers from Australia, has just released these crickets -- otherwise destined to be bait. 

So far, we have heard from:
Stephen, in Singapore
K.R., in Greece
E.S.Z., in India
Cliff, in Ohio
R.B., in Australia
B.T., in Canada
Isabel, in Portugal
Jewel, in Arizona
A.C., in New York
J.R.S., in Florida
L.B.T., in England
W.X.H., in China
A.C., in Taiwan
N.S., in South Africa
N.E.A., in Russia
T.G., in India
Dave A., in Pennsylvania
J.C., in California
Leni, in Singapore
Jordan P., in Maryland
The creatures being released today include birds, fish, and insects. So far, they number into the thousands. What makes me so happy is to see that we have representatives from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and America -- we have people all over the world involved in this virtuous activity, and I imagine we will hear from more as the day goes on. Please try your very best, O.K.?

Thank you so very much for participating in Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar's Annual Worldwide Live Release for 2010.

UPDATED: We've added some more names to the above list, and also, Dave A. from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sent us this photo of minnows being released. He also released some earthworms nearby.

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4 reader comments:

Leni said...

I just released crickets at 2015hrs (Singapore time).

Anonymous said...

Jordan P.
24 in Gaithersburg, MD USA
25 Crickets
35 Meal worms
total: $6.16

7 refuge prayers, 7 line prayers
1 mala:
Guru Rinpoche
Om Mani Padme Hum
Green Tara
Shakyamuni Buddha
White Tara
Medicine Buddha

Total time 1/2 hour
Thoughts: Easy, cheap and very benefical
May All Benefit!

Claudy said...

Yesterday afternoon, we did release some hundred crickets, home crickets, grasshoppers and meal worms
in central Germany (we found a nice area, a meadow with bushes for them, so they can hide and possibly survive wintertime). My daughter (19 years) said, she found it nice to go outside, watch the insects crawling and skipping, one big grasshopper was on her arm, as if to say, "thank you, good bye"...-just kidding - and to wish them a happier life, having freedom in the meadow, and a better rebirth. So, this is kind of a buddhist practice with which youngsters can start off, because it is a direct experience and not abstract.
Greetings and sarva mangalam

The Caterpillar said...

Hi, I live in Newlyn, the major fishing port in Cornwall, Britain. A few weeks ago I met a friend who had just bought 3 live crabs from a fisherman. He had them crawling around in a black bin-bag. I soon persuaded him to release them - we took them down to the beach and off they went - I hope some of them survived and had a better life. Although my friend had been looking forward to eating the crabs, we had a lot of fun turning them loose and I think all present could feel a subtle ripple of happiness and kindness in the air. I'd like to dedicate this to Andy - you did the right thing, mate!