Shensem Tsogpa Tibetan Cultural Center

How To Make Contribution

100% of your tax-deductible donations go to the purchase of live beings for Life Release.
Donations may be made three ways:
1) Hand cash in person to Mr. Tien on the day of any life-release 
2) SnailMail your check to:
      STTCC
      P.O. Box 45
      Pinole, Ca. 94564 
3) Donate online via Paypal:​

Monthly Life-Release


Lama Drimed Rinpoche began this monthly group practice of Life Release in 2004. Rinpoche says this practice is very important for everyone. Every time we do a Life Release, Rinpoche leads us in a sadhana (spiritual practice) and then we gently release the fish back into the bay, and this is as though the fish have been given nectar (holy water), the benefit and the relief is so great for them.


We dedicate the merit of our activity for the benefit of all beings. In this way, all beings alive as well as those already deceased will be benefitted. Rinpoche said: "Practicing the saving of life enacts one's precious bodhicitta." So the benefit is for us too, as we further develop our own bodhicitta (the compassion for all living beings which is the cornerstone for our own enlightenment).

On the 3rd Sunday of each month, Rinpoche leads the release of thousands of fish or shellfish: anywhere from several thousand beings to tens of thousands beings beings are released back into the San Francisco Bay from where they came, totaling several hundred thousand beings saved and released each year. 


Lama Drimed Rinpoche's teaching on the Merits of Life-Release (放生功德簡介)