This advice is for your son. I checked in Nepal, probably weeks ago now, but forgot to inform you.
The observation came out to save, or liberate, the lives of animals; not only liberating them from the suffering of being killed, but more importantly, liberating them from being reborn in the lower realms—as a hell being, hungry ghost or animal. You are liberating them from samsara; and liberating them from the lower nirvana, the blissful state of peace; then bringing them to enlightenment. You can help the animals in an unbelievable way, not only liberating them but bringing them to enlightenment.
P__ should liberate 10 animals. It might be difficult for you to buy sheep or chickens. Chickens are difficult because they live by eating worms, unless you can keep them in a house with a floor so that there are no worms and feed them with grain. However, you can liberate little animals like insects. Goats you would have to look after, but you can buy insects in Kathmandu or thousands of worms and different sizes of fish.
It’s most important to take them around Boudha Stupa or Swayambhunath Stupa and the mountain, which is Heruka’s mandala. It is so, so precious. Inside it is a crystal stupa that appeared when Kathmandu was a lake. Buddha came to Langru mountain and made a prediction, and Nagarjuna’s hair was sprinkled there and became trees.
Take the animals around as many times as possible. Each time you are giving enlightenment to those hundreds or thousands of insects and small fish. They get all the happiness. It purifies their negative karma, saves them from the lower realms and they get a higher rebirth. They are liberated from samsara, from the lower realms. They are liberated from the lower liberation and achieve enlightenment. You are giving them enlightenment according to how many times you go around the holy objects.
It is also helping you, because going around the holy objects purifies your negative karma accumulated during beginningless rebirths and enables you to accumulate inconceivable merit, the cause of all the happiness up to enlightenment. So, the animals are very kind, very precious.
This happens with one stupa, statue or scripture. Of course Boudha Stupa has an unimaginable number of holy objects, so many holy objects. There are many relics of different buddhas at Boudha Stupa. You can’t imagine how many holy objects are there, so you are circumambulating all those holy objects.
If there are 1,000 holy objects (statues, stupas, scriptures), by taking those 1,000 or 10,000 insects or worms around those holy objects, you are giving all of those animals enlightenment. You are causing them to create the cause of enlightenment 1,000 times.
If there are 100,000 holy objects, such as tsa-tsas and so forth, by circumambulating one time, you are causing them to create the cause of enlightenment 100,000 times. This is by going around even one time. This is most amazing.
Boudha Stupa has many, many unbelievable holy objects, including Buddhas’ relics, and it has been blessed by so many holy beings. Swayambhunath Stupa, which is the most precious object in Nepal, has many big stupas around it, with many tsa-tsas and mantras, and many large prayer wheels. It is unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable. It creates so many causes of enlightenment, and so many causes of happiness by the way, up to enlightenment.
So the people in Nepal who circumambulate these stupas are most fortunate, and anyone from outside Nepal who circumambulates the stupas is also most fortunate.
So, that’s it. Thank you very much. I want to speak to your son when he has time, when he is free. A private talk. When I hear from him, I will write down answers and he can read them from time to time.
With much love and prayer to P__. Please give my regards to everybody in the family.