Blessing of the Animals

On October 18, Ross Lower School welcomed a few new “students” to their campus—only some of these students have four legs! Once again, the LS campus is playing host to a number of farm animals, and the children love visiting them and getting to know more about their feathered, furry, and fleecy friends. 

A ceremony to bless the new arrivals was led by Buddhist nun Gen Norden, with the entire school participating in chanting a peaceful mantra and naming the animals. She talked with the students about compassion, discussing what it means and why it is important to be compassionate to both animals and humans.

Students wrote their suggestions for names for each animal on slips of paper and put them in envelopes; names were drawn a short while later and bestowed upon the three goats (African pygmy, Nubian, and Boer), two sheep (one black and one white), a pair of Sebastopol geese, a pair of peacocks, eight chickens, and a pair of Indian runner ducks.