2010 Horseshoe Crab Dharma Assembly

June 12, 2010 

Pickering Beach, Delaware: The second Horseshoe Crab Rescue and Freeing Living Beings Dharma Assembly was held at Pickering Beach, near Dover, Delaware in honor of the birthday of H.H. Dorjie Chang Buddha III. Every year disciples of H.H. Dorjie Chang Buddha III gather to free captive animals and rescue endangered ones and dedicate the merit of their actions to the long life of this Buddha. Over 70 Buddhist from dharma centers and temples in New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, and the states of Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina as well as local non-Buddhist attended a Dharma Assembly to hear Venerable Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche from Xuanfa Institute in California perform a Refuge Ceremony for the horseshoe crabs stranded on the East coast beaches and the animals endangered by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. After the ceremony, the participants walked the shoreline to help those horseshoe crabs that were stranded on the shore return to their marine habitat. Every year these ancient animals come ashore at this time to spawn and are often turned over on their backs by the surf and unable to upright themselves and subsequently die. Sangjie Tieba Rinpoche (Glenn Gauvry), the leader of the Dharmadhatu Center in Dover, Delaware, and founder of the Ecological Research & Development Group (ERDG) a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of the world's four horseshoe crab species, instructed those present on how to Just flip ‘em!

Dharmadhatu Center sponsored the event and hosted a potluck dinner at their center in Dover for those who attended the Dharma Assembly. The Venerable Zhaxi Zhuoma also conducted classes on various teachings by H.H. Dorjie Chang Buddha III.


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