Buddhists Pray for Delaware's Horseshoe Crabs

June 13, 2010

Author: J.L. Miller

Source: Delaware Online/The News Journal


Ceremonial robes billowed in the breeze as about 40 Buddhists from New York to Washington, D.C., gathered in this tiny waterfront village on Saturday to pray for the humble horseshoe crab.

Their prayers were coupled with compassionate action as they flipped over crabs that had come ashore to spawn but had wound up on their backs, helpless in the baking sun.

"I will now perform the refugee ceremony for all those living beings -- horseshoe crabs -- who will perish on these shores, and for those who are suffering on the Gulf Coast and elsewhere as a result of the greed and ignorance of mankind," the Venerable Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche said, gazing out over the Delaware Bay.