The Greatest Compassionate One - The Buddha - taught that saving the lives of all beings is the most beneficial action of all relative good actions. According to Mahayana Buddhism, all sentient beings were at one time our parents. This belief is based on and linked to the cycle of births and rebirths in this Samsaric world. Therein lies the basis to treat all beings with compassion and sympathy. This is the basis of “Tsethar” which is the Buddhist act of saving and preserving animal lives.
The Jangsa Animal Saving Trust was established as a non-profit charitable trust to cover the expenses relating to the establishment and maintenance of the Buddhist practice of Tsethar. This trust was established after a personal experience where Lama Kunzang Dorjee came into contact with five bulls who had come to seek refuge in the monastery where he lived. After escaping the slaughterhouse, these bulls came directly to Lama Kunzang Dorjee's monastery to seek refuge and refused to leave.
His Holiness Trulku Jigme Choeda, the Je Khenpo of Bhutan and H.H. Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche have kindly supported these endeavors. We hope that all people will be inspired to join and support the noble cause of Tsethar- to save the lives of innocent animals.
Presently, the trust maintains about 600 bulls, 40 yaks, 137 pigs, 23 sheep, 2 goats and 9 ducks in the eastern and northern regions of the Kingdom of Bhutan. There are also 10 goats, 2 buffaloes and 2 pigs cared for in a village near Kalimpong in the hills of West Bengal, India. A further 58 bulls have found a home in Siliguri, India. Finally, at the monastery in Kalimpong, 4 bulls and a cow have also found refuge from being slaughtered.
Through this website, one can read about The Benefits of Saving the Lives of Other Living Beings.
One can also read a Buddhist teaching on the saving of lives through The Story of the Hunted Deer.
You can also read the story of how the bulls who sought refuge in Lama Kunzang's monastery convinced him to start the Animal Saving Trust.
You can also view photos of the animals that Lama Kunzang has saved and the prayers that have been made for them.
If you would like, you can also donate money, time or resourses to help Lama Kunzang in his quest to save as many animals as possible.
There are also many other organizations throughout the world that uphold and value the precious life of animals.
May one and all follow this most meritorious path and benefit all living beings besides accumulating meritorious riches for themselves in the process,
Lama Kunzang Dorjee