By News Team (Originally in Chinese)
At the Dochen Akhori Buddhist Sunshine Monastery in China’s Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Abbot Ni Mai Dan Zhen Rinpoche and the resident monks share virtuous Buddhist teachings with the villagers in the region. These include wholesome living through a vegetarian lifestyle, as well as refraining from alcohol and smoking. In addition, they ask the villagers not to hunt animals and to avoid making clothes from leather or fur. Through their efforts, more people have turned to a plant-based lifestyle and show growing compassion towards animals. Rinpoche has also organized multiple events to free animals from cruelty.
Moreover, Rinpoche has championed the construction and restoration of many regional Buddhist temples and historic statues. He also founded the Akhori Sunshine Monastery Buddhist Institute as well as the Hope Elementary School. Recently, an electronic multimedia textbook in Tibetan, English and Chinese has been implemented for the local students. In addition, the Rinpoche’s persistent efforts to improve lives in the area have resulted in the construction of a road, an electricity plant and other infrastructure in the prefecture.
To support Rinpoche’s compassionate deeds, Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed US$20,000 on July 26, Golden Year 10 (2013), to “further the temple’s reconstruction, the dissemination of the Buddhist dharma, and for any needs of the monastery.”