Tsethar, the Buddhist Practice of Saving Lives
Life release or “tsethar” is the Buddhist practice of saving animals who are to be killed for money and meat by buying and releasing them.
His Holiness Jadrel Rinpoche was a great renowned master known for freeing and releasing large numbers of animals and fish in particular. The fish were set free yearly in the river Ganga, Kolkata. Jadrel Rinpoche spent most of his time engaging in virtuous activities and his famous annual tour included a trip to Kolkata, where along with prayers, he would free 70-80 truckloads of live fish into a part of the Indian Ocean where fishing was prohibited.
Today, in accord with the sublime lama, Khyabje Jadrel Rinpoche’s wishes, prayers, and aspirations, and wishing to follow in his footsteps, H.H Kathok Situ Rinpoche and Baylangdra Monastery are here at the Gandhi Ghat at the River Ganga for the live Fish Release dedicated to the long lives of Their Majesties, the Royal family of the Kingdom of Bhutan and all sentient beings.