December 2011: Geshe Jinpa from Kopan Monastery arranged for 120 yaks that were going to be killed to be purchased and taken to families who pledged to care for the yaks for the rest of their lives. The trip took over a week on foot and there will soon be a documentary released about the liberation. The fund offered US$7,715 to sponsor half of the 120 yaks, students from Singapore sponsored the other half. Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessed 120 giant pieces of cloth for the yaks to wear as blessing “strings.”
108 Yaks: A Journey of Love & Freedom, a 30-minute documentary, follows the project from its origins, from Geshe Jinpa receiving Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice to save the yaks, to the 19-day expedition driving the yaks across the Himalayan range of northeast Nepal to their remote sanctuary in the holy valley of Rolwaling.