Life Release: The Tsetar Fund
Beings value nothing more than their own lives. For this reason, saving lives brings tremendous merit, and has always been a central practice of Mahayana Buddhism. MSB students gather together in Portland, Maine, six times a year to buy and release lobsters, and sometimes crabs and other shellfish, back into the wild. Throughout the year people ask Rinpoche for prayers, either for themselves, for loved ones, for those who have passed, for those who are struggling, or for the world. Rinpoche designates a large portion of the offerings he receives directly for the practice of tsetar, or life release, as a vehicle through which those connected to him can receive the merit of this practice. Rinpoche continues this activity in various locations whenever possible as he travels. All contributions to the Tsetar Fund are used entirely for ransoming lives.