“Since all sentient beings are equal to me as my only son, how can I approve my followers to eat the flesh of my son? Eating meat to me is out of the question. I have never approved, I am not, and I will never approve that – I have strictly condemned eating meat in every way.”
— Buddha Shakyamuni
“People think of animals as if they were vegetables, and that is not right. We have to change the way people think about animals. I encourage the Tibetan people and all people to move toward a vegetarian diet that doesn’t cause suffering.”
— H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
The world today has become so cruel. Humans eat almost all animals, both domestic and wild. Animals are killed for their fur, antler and more. Those who live in water are even called seafood, while in reality they are sentient beings like us, not vegetables. All of them experience the same pain and suffering as we would if we were slaughtered.
—Prof. venerable Geshe Phelgye
The Universal Compassion Foundation (UCF) is a charitable organization whose mission is to bring awareness and engage in compassionate practice towards those suffering beings who cannot speak of their right to live in peace.
Our message is a simple one: Compassion is not the exclusive right of human beings. Just as we humans prefer to experience loving kindness and compassion, so too do the animals we consume as food or abuse and sometimes even kill for “sport”, even though they cannot express this basic right.
Our main focus as a foundation is to ease the suffering of those helpless animals who are slaughtered for meat, ritual sacrifice, the cruel sport of hunting, or are abused in farms and industries and wherever they may suffer. The long-range goals of UCF are global concerns, such as promoting world peace, interfaith harmony, protection and conservation of the environment, “the mother earth” giving a helping hand to destitute children in their education and any such programmes of necessary assistance, who would otherwise be left suffering great difficulties in their struggles to survive.
We undertake this mission from the inspiration of the Compassionate teachings of the Buddha Shakya Muni through H.H. The Dalai Lama, as well as our own experience from the way we live our lives. It is our hope that their blessings and inspiration will help fuel this movement to spread throughout the world, and to overcome whatever obstacles may arise on the noble path.
— Ven. Geshe Thupten Phelgye
Founder; Universal Compassion Foundation
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