Compassion, Dalai Lama Style

Tashi, shortly after her rescue

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, believes that by cultivating compassion, we achieve happiness. How to cultivate compassion? Help others.

This is the story of Tashi, a stray dog in India whose life serves to help open hearts and sow the seeds of compassion.

Teachers Come in All Sizes

Geshe Ngawang Thapkhe (a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and monk), and TashiGeshe Ngawang Thapkhe is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and monk who lives and teaches primarily in Germany, but has students in the Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, India, where approximately 5,000 Tibetan monks live in exile. He visited his students in India in late 2015, instructing them to be compassionate toward animals and to look after stray dogs. (“Geshe” is the highest earned degree in the Buddhist system of higher spiritual education; “Geshe la” means “Honored Geshe.”)Tashi and a monk at the Sera Monastery in India

One day, Geshe la’s students witnessed some stray dogs attacking a tiny puppy. The monks immediately chased away the dogs, but unfortunately the little puppy had already been injured. When the monks brought her to a clinic, the veterinarian told them that the puppy was permanently disabled and that there was nothing they could do about it.

The monks took her home with them to the monastery, deciding to give her the special care she would need to thrive. They named her Tashi, which means “luck.”

A full-grown Tashi and one of the monks in India.Wheels of Fortune

One of Geshe la’s students in Germany heard Tashi’s story and reached out to HandicappedPets.com on Facebook to inquire about a dog wheelchair for the now much larger pup. Kindheartedness reached around the globe for this pup!

HandicappedPets was delighted to help Tashi live up to her moniker by donating a Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair to the Tibetan monks in India. The monks expressed a wish to see Tashi “run around with the other rescued dogs;” the Walkin’ Wheels dog cart is on its way to India to make that dream a reality!

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Tashi awaits her Walkin' Wheels!HandicappedPets.com is eager to see photos and videos of Tashi in her new Walkin’ Wheels. The Dalai Lama attempts to infuse every moment of his life with compassion; Tashi will serve as a powerful example of that message. HandicappedPets.com is grateful to have had the opportunity to play a small role in Tashi’s life story.

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Take a look at the Compassion Revolution, a companion pet initiative promoted by the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation –another example of compassion in action!


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