The first lesson of Buddhism is reverence for every living being. Every animal, every leaf, every blade of grass is to be respected, for they all contain the sacred lifeforce.
The ceremony was led by Lama Tsultrum and Lama Phuntsok of the
"The most beneficial of all...roots of virtue is the protection
and ransoming of the lives of sentient beings.
Through the blessing of their being offered to the three jewels,
and of their hearing names and dharanis, they will be ultimately
freed from inferior births...
The practitioners themselves will undoubtedly receive benefits,
such as an increased lifespan."
Remember that one of the possible rebirths is in the Animal Realm. By our actions and the way we treat others, we can either achieve positive rebirths in the Upper Realms or negative rebirths in the Lower Realms. One of the Lower Realms is the Animal Realm. In the Animal Realm, we are reborn as animals, and have the ability to understand what is happening, but can never communicate with human beings. Thereby, we live at the mercy of human beings.
The ceremony was pretty cool, when we picked up the fish at the
So instead of having a fish catch, we had a fish release. And it felt great!