The ‘Animal Liberation Temple’ (Dōbutsu Kaihōji) 動物解放寺 is Soto Zen Buddhist Temple and Animal Sanctuary founded in 2018 in Phoenix, AZ USA.
In the spirit and practice of Bodhisattvas to Animals (Dōbutsu e no Bosatsu 動物への菩薩) and the religious tradition of Soto Zen Buddhist temples it is the intention of the ‘Animal Liberation Temple’ to offer the services of spiritual and physical liberation, refuge, blessing, empowerments, and funeral services to our dear animal friends. We intend to offer teachings, trainings and practices so to fulfill the religious and spiritual commitments of the human animal parishioners of the ‘Animal Liberation Temple’. It is our intention to raise the consciousness of human animals to recognize the plight of our dear animal friends and realize that they all deserve equal consideration, compassion and kindness. That all beings with-out exception want to be happy and free from suffering. That all beings without exception with in the ultimate reality are Buddhas and are completely inseparable from us. That all beings without exception through infinite lifetimes at any time have been our parents. That when we recognize this to be true how could we want nothing else but to free our most loved and cherished from the suffering they endure. That through the union of compassion and wisdom may we exercise the skillful means to liberate all beings from suffering. We intend to offer teachings, trainings and practices so to fulfill the religious and spiritual commitments of the human animal parishioners of the ‘Animal Liberation Temple’.