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Kindness for All Creatures: Buddhist advice for compassionate animal care
A heartfelt guide to compassionate care for animals from a Buddhist perspective, with practical advice for mindfully raising pets and honoring animals.
Are you doing all you can for the well-being of your pet? Many pet guardians struggle with this question in relation to adopting versus buying, how best to raise and train animals, and how to approach the aging, sickness, and death passage. Structured around the Six Perfections of Mahayana Buddhism, this book provides answers to these questions and more with heartfelt guidance on how to apply mindfulness and spirituality to our relationships with animals. As well as being a practical resource, this book serves as a form of advocacy to encourage readers to think and feel more deeply and naturally about caring for the creatures—both pets and wildlife—that we share our world with.
SARAH C. BEASLEY is an advanced ordained lay practitioner in the Nyingma lineage with thirteen years full-time direct training in traditional Buddhist teachings and methods for body, speech, and mind. She spent close to seven of those years in closed intensive retreat under the guidance of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, supported by Tsadra Foundation. She also had three years' work on Practices for the Dead (and Dying), including guidance on how to care for pets during the aging and death passage. Sarah explores Buddhist and Western approaches to death and dying in workshops she offers. She is also a regular contributor to Buddhist Door Global, Jnanasukha Foundation, Levekunst, and Vajrayana World on topics of pets, nature, life, death and dying, and Buddhism; and she recently had an essay published in the Sounds True anthology The Dharma of Dogs.