Twice a year, after the annual teaching programs at Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling in Vermont, Rinpoche and a group of students travel to the nearby port of Portland, Maine, to free lobsters, and sometimes crabs, clams, or mussels. Students continue this practice four more times during the year on Wheel Days, which in the Tibetan calendar commemorate important events in the Buddha's life. On those days, the merit generated by positive actions is multiplied ten million times.
When people make prayer requests throughout the year, either for themselves or for others who are facing sickness, death, or other obstacles, Rinpoche dedicates the merit from these tsetar practices to fulfilling those prayers. In this spirit, Rinpoche more than matches whatever funds people donate to support these releases with his own personal offering. By participating in these events or by contributing any amount of money, people can connect to this practice and powerfully benefit those they are trying to help through prayers.