Thousands Of Dollars Of Karma As Buddhist Monks Buy 8 Crates Of Lobsters And Set Them Free

Monks-Lobsters

Canadian Buddhist monks purchase thousand of dollar of lobsters destined for the dinner table and set them free.

Compassion, empathy, and loving kindness are some of the sentiments you might hear around a Buddhist temple, retreat, or monastery. Love and compassion for all living things, including lobsters.



Over the weekend, 600 pounds of lobsters were freed and released back into the ocean by a group of Buddhist monks in Canada as part of a mission to “cultivate compassion.” And not just for the lobsters, but for all human beings, explained Venerable Dan, a spokesman for the monks.

This whole purpose for us is to cultivate this compassion toward others. It doesn’t have to be lobsters, it can be worms, flies, any animals, drive slower so we don’t run over little critters on the street.

The monks, from the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society in Canada, bought the lobsters from various sources around Prince Edward Island in Eastern Canada, before taking them out to sea. The Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society has been on Prince Edward Island for the past eight years. Monks, in the hundreds, travel to the island from Asia each year to study Buddhism at the monastery, according to “The Independent.”

The monks bought the lobsters from various sources around Prince Edward Island in Eastern Canada, before taking them out to sea with the help of local fisherman who directed them to spots with no cages so they wouldn’t be recaptured.

“If your loved ones were in this situation, what would they like you to do?” said Venerable Dan. “To give them a helping hand and put them back to where they feel comfortable and we believe if everybody’s able to do that, it will become a better place, a more harmonic place.”

As for their feelings about people’s eating habits and diets, Venerable Dan said, “We respect everyone’s dietary choice, so we’re not doing this to convert everybody to be vegetarians or vegans.”



Jessica Doria-Brown, a videojournalist for CBC posted a short video on her Twitter:

She also posted a few photos:

Featured Image: Screen Capture, Twitter video

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