2017 Sika deer release was auspiciously completed!
On July 24th 2017, Nyingma Urgyen Mahayana Blissful Dharma Continent released 70 Sika deer in Seda Dzongsi Temple. This is the fourth time for the group to release large wild animals since 2014.
Sika deer is a very spiritual animal. According to the Buddhist scriptures, Sakyamuni Buddha has appeared in the form of deer many times to benefit sentient beings. And the place that Buddha first taught the Dharma to the world is called Sarnath – the deer park. Deer is also a symbol of longevity and auspiciousness. Therefore, the release of deer has a very special meaning.
In July 2016, several disciples released Sika deers in Changbai Mountain Nature Reserve in Jilin, and sent a video of the deer to the great treasure revealer - Rigdzin Nyima Rinpoche. Rinpoche, who was being hospitalized at the time, was very happy after seeing the video and his physical condition improved immediately. Rinpoche was especially fond of Sika deers and he casually asked: "Can you bring the deer to Dzongsi Temple?" In order to pray for the wellness and longevity of Rigdzin Nyima Rinpoche, Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche led disciples to prepare for the 2017 deer release activity.
In order to transfer the deers safely to Seda, the disciples living in north-eastern China drove for 4,000 kilometres straight in 70 hours. The drivers did not rest for three days just to make sure that all deers were safe. In this way, the 70 Sika deers came to the sacred land of Seda. In the meantime, the lamas from Dzongsi Temple made plans for the placement of Sika deer.
On July 22nd, the deer group arrived at the foot of Dzongsi Temple. On 24th, Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche led all disciples to welcome Rigdzin Nyima Rinpoche and went to the site to bless the deers.
It was not an easy task transporting 70 deers up to the mountain. To secure the safety of deers, the disciples firstly confirmed the most suitable route for transportation, and then divided the work to form a chain. Through a series of cooperation, the deers were successfully sent to the deer garden one by one.
The whole process of deer release lasted for a day and a half, and Rigdzin Nyima Rinpoche was very happy to see everyone working very hard to release the Sika deer. When the activity was completed, the clouds in the sky appeared in the shape of a deer head.
At the beginning, the deers were not familiar with the new environment and often jumped out of the deer garden. Now the deers have become accustomed to the deer garden of Dzongsi Temple, and live happily in the mountains!