August 28, 2012
BOSTON, Aug. 28, 2012 – Homeless animals cared for by Adoption Center and medical staff at the MSPCA-Angell today received a special blessing from Lama Gursam, a Tibetan monk who stopped by the animal rescue amidst a busy U.S. teaching tour. Lama Gursam spent over an hour individually blessing the many homeless cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and small animals in the organization’s Jamaica Plain Adoption Center, as well as animals receiving treatment in the Shalit-Glazer Clinic.
Lama Gursam made use of a “Mani” or prayer wheel—a cylindrical wheel on a spindle, on which Tibetan Buddhist prayers are inscribed—during the blessings. According to tradition the use of the prayer wheel has the same effect as orally reciting prayers to purify energy and heal.
Lama Gursam takes time out to bottle feed a kitten at the MSPCA-Angell's Shalit-Glazer Clinic (credit: MSPCA-Angell)
Lama Gursam comes to the U.S. almost every year to reunite with friends and teach meditation and other spiritual workshops. And whenever he is in the country he comes to the MSPCA-Angell for the blessing. In 2006, Lama Gursam founded The Bodhichitta Foundation, a U.S. non-profit organization that brings Buddhist teachings to the West, works tirelessly to preserve ancient texts and Tibetan culture, and champions education, womens’ rights and health and wellbeing.
The MSPCA-Angell has created a photo gallery of today’s blessing which is available via the organization’s Facebook page.
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane