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Title: Animal Memorial Service and Blessing
Description: In ancient times, Buddhist monks purchased live animals which were to be used for food and released them, demonstrating their deep respect for all life. Based on this venerable practice, the Animal Memorial Service serves as a memorial service for animals and a reminder of their place in the interdependent chain of life. The service will be held at the North Mastick Picnic Area of the Cleveland Metroparks, about 3 miles from the Zendo. It includes the blessing of various categories of animals, the blessing of animals who have been brought to the service, and the release of living creatures into nature to the chanting of the Heart Sutra. All are invited to bring pets to be blessed as well as mementos of departed pet friends, and you are also invited to bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share following the service.
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