The past two weekends I’ve been setting animals free.
The first time was with over 50 Buddhists at the seaside.
I’ve only set animals free with David and have never been with so many people doing the same thing and feeling it all with fellows.
This was also a Sunday so it almost felt like a church service. There were about 6 monks present. We followed their chanting and Buddhist prayers for the animals we were about to set free. It was over 1000 fish on this day maybe more and about 10 pigeons.
We were in the basement of a beach bungalow, chanting over animals, lighting, incense, praying and then going to the sea and setting everything adrift. It was incredible!
So that particular day we first visited a temple that is over 300 years old and being renovated.
Later we went to a temple I am familiar with, Hongfa Temple. I have been there 3 times now. It’s beautiful on Fairylake. We went to visit a monk though. He spoke incredibly fast, I could barely understand anything he said except when he asked if I was Australian. I loved him for one reason. He had just bought a $9.50 USD massager and was completely enamored with it. Was pounding down his arms with it and then used it on us. He gave us fruit, fresh tea, and our friend Fangli forced him to give me a gift since I was so far from home. Which he did, some prayer beads.
As we packed up and got on our way flying down the mountain roads in a jeep we saw a pretty weathered man carrying a heavy load. We told him to get in and he all but cried! It was funny because some foreigners spotted me in the jeep picking up this worker with a bunch of other Chinese people and looked positively puzzled.
The following weekend we did a much bigger fangsheng in honor of Chinese National day [similar to 4th of July] with over 100 people this time and raised over 80,000 RMB to set these animals free. It was on the opposite side of Shenzhen from where I was the weekend before.
One night David and I were walking from our market back home and we stumbled upon a deaf man keeping turtles turned upside down. We were beyond upset and yanked the turtles away. We later named them too before setting them free.
The day we went to set them free somehow this man had caught even more and were torturing them including one the size of a nickle–we named him E.T. We took $15.00 USD worth of turtles from him and set them all free at our local park we go hiking in.