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Buddhist Horseshoe Crab Rescue and Blessing:

Dharma Assembly

1:45 min   |   English  |  2013

Director: Michael Oates

Music: Dharma Assembly

2013 Horseshoe Crab Buddhist Blessing Ceremony
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Every year Buddhists gather on Pickering Beach, Delaware to conduct a Horseshoe Crab Rescue and Blessing Dharma Assembly.

Thousands of horseshoe crabs die annually from being stranded up-side-down on the beaches of the Delaware Bay and along the Atlantic coast from Maine to Florida as they come ashore to spawn.


This ceremony, led by Rinpoche’s from the Dharmadhatu Center of Delaware and the Tathagata Dharma Association of Maryland, together with buddhists from five states, bless these animals, while those attending the ceremony help enable the stranded ones return to the sea. This is the fourth year the Dharmadhatu Center has held such a ceremony in Delaware.

In 2013, 302 Stories produced this short video segment for use by ERDG (, a non-profit dedicated to the protection of horseshoe crabs.

Funded by 302 Stories, Inc.

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