Does a Cat Have Buddha-Nature? Meow.

These monks have found a new way to earn their stripes.

Marc Schultz

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It’s just another day at a remote monastery in western Thailand as the resident monks rise before dawn, make their alms rounds, then take their tigers for a walk. Aside from providing Buddhist training, the six-year-old jungle monastery now acts as an sanctuary for some of Thailand’s few remaining wild tigers.

It all started three years ago when a local man found an injured tiger cub abandoned in the wild and took it to the monastery to be cared for. The monks’ vocation took root, and today there are seven young rescued tigers at the monastery, most likely orphaned by poachers.

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