Blessing of the Animals held in Redding

Choephel, one of the monks at the Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace in Redding, offers a cat the Heart Sutra, one of the prayers at the Blessing of the Animals in Redding.
Choephel, one of the monks at the Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace in Redding, offers a cat the Heart Sutra, one of the prayers at the Blessing of the Animals in Redding. — J.C. Martin photo

The seventh annual Blessing of the Animals was held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Tibetan Bhuddhist Center For Universal Peace in Redding.

More than 50 animal lovers came on a very hot afternoon to receive blessings for their dogs, cats, even goats from the monks.

The event is held each year to share the Buddhist love for animals with the community and to offer prayers for their health and well-being. The featured speaker was Jenny Hubbard, mother of Catherine Violet Hubbard, one of the children lost at Sandy Hook Elementary.

She spoke of Catherine and her love of animals, and of the Sanctuary in Newtown founded by her parents named for her, which began with donations from all over the world which they received after the tragedy.

Geshe Lobsang Dhargey offers a dog the water blessing at the Blessing of the Animals. — J.C. Martin photo
Geshe Lobsang Dhargey offers a dog the water blessing at the Blessing of the Animals. — J.C. Martin photo

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