Saving the lives of a thousand lobsters and two thousand yaks

By Matthieu Ricard on August 14, 2010

A few days ago, in Portland in the USA, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, a 17 year old Tibetan lama whom I am accompanying in his travels, put back to the sea over one thousand lobsters who were destined to be boiled alive and eaten by gourmets.
In June, the same lama, while visiting eastern Tibet, similarly saved over 2000 yaks from being slaughered.
This practice of buying and freeing live animals to save them from death is common among Buddhist populations.