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An Organizer of the Lobster Liberation Event Writes In

Tsultrim_D in response to my post I’ll Take Responsibility writes-

Thanks for this note…

As one of the organizers of the Lobster Liberation event, I will say that, from our side, there is no anger or frustration at the lobstermen involved, be it a joke or even had it been real. Bluntly, they are doing their job–catching lobsters–and we are doing ours. It is not our place to tell them how to do theirs or to place any judgment on them.

Buddhists have beliefs about hunting as a profession, and those tie in to beliefs about karma and the like, but none of those are matters of judgment. We all do the best with what we are given. And while the joke may have been a bit crass and at our expense, there are no hard feelings. There has been a lot of feedback, from Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, calling the lobstermen involved names and expressing negative emotions toward them. This really is of no benefit, though, and we are sorry it has happened. Buddhist language might refer to them as acting out of ignorance or self-cherishing, but this also isn’t an insult… as humans we spend the predominant amount of our time acting from these things. We are feeling unhappy so we go out and buy a new car, some new clothes, a piece of cake—”This will make me happy!” Well, sure, it does, for a while…. but not ultimately, not real happiness. That deluded belief, that is ignorance. It is a statement about the human condition, not a judgment.

As you mentioned, the article about our lobster liberation had been picked up by a number of news agencies… Reuters, who came with us on the boat, Washington Post, Daily Mail UK, NPR, MS-NBC, and so forth… but now the event is getting even more exposure. Two different news stations came to our Center today to do interviews with some of the people involved in organizing and leading the event (NECN and WBZ-TV). This is wonderful, and I rejoice!

The long story short is, we are all doing the best we can do. Whether in good taste or not, there is no offense on our part from the joke the Degelyse crew members and others put out there with the YouTube video. We urge everyone to maintain hearts of compassion and love, and not harbor any ill will toward each other. Anger and similar negative minds are destructive, and don’t ever accomplish anything substantial or lasting. We offered the ceremony last week not just for the benefit of the lobsters involved, but also for the benefit of all beings. There is always a ripple effect to our actions, and when the intention is pure and good, small actions of putting kindness and love out into the world affect more than just those immediately involved. We want everyone to realize happiness, true, unending happiness… the lobsters and the lobstermen!

Thank you for your kindness and humility. I hope that those involved from your side do not get demonized or any more abuse in the press. In fact, next time we’re in Gloucester we would love to take the crew out for a cup of coffee!

Classy baby!  I’d love to take you up on that offer for a cup ‘o joe.

Video- The Crew Of The Degelyse Sets Out To Catch Liberated Buddhist Lobsters

To Make clear the following is only satire and I’ll take responsibility for people not from around the waterfront misunderstanding
I was wrong to assume that because I predominantly write our hyperlocal blog for our Cape Ann residents that people would understand how preposterous the notion that you could have time to move all the lobster gear even if they knew where the lobsters were released and to set it and for those lobsters which were probably miles away from that location would ever get caught.

I was obviously wrong and people did not understand with the outlandishness of it all that it was a joke.

It’s on me.

What I am happy for is that the releasing of the lobster story which would have been a simple story largely forgotten by now has gotten huge legs and all the positives of Buddhism are highlighted. For that I am grateful.

For those of you who would like to learn more about Chokhor Duchen click to find out.

You know the craziest part? So many people think I’m hatin on Buddhism, but I download a Buddhhism podcast from this guy that Lindsay Crouse recommended that I listen to- Lama Marut.
Check him out, the guy makes a lot of sense.
http://www.lamamarut.org/
also sign up for the upcoming Summer Retreat, here are our interviews talking about the upcoming 2011 Summer Retreat-

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Receiving the coordinates of where the lobsters were released by Buddhist monks, the boys went out yesterday and hauled the lobster traps they set all over that ocean bottom and caught exactly 534 lobsters, the precise number the monks released.

The story from Reuters here

We used the Kayalu saltwater safe RAM camera mount to secure the Kodak Zx3 Saltwater proof camera to the aft window of the wheelhouse to record this.

It’s A Tough Job But Somebody’s Gotta Feed The World

The Crew of The Degelyse Would like To Personally Thank The Buddhist Monks Who Released Lobsters They Purchased In Gloucester Back To The Ocean

Audio We Talk About The Liberated Lobsters On The Bob and Sheri Radio Show In Charlotte-
Click the link below to hear the audio interview
Joey C Interviewed by Bob and Cheri In Charlotte

I was wrong to assume that because I predominantly write our hyperlocal blog for our Cape Ann residents that people would understand how preposterous the notion that you could have time to move all the lobster gear even if they knew where the lobsters were released and to set it and for those lobsters which were probably miles away from that location would ever get caught.

I was obviously wrong and people did not understand with the outlandishness of it all that it was a joke.

It’s on me.

What I am happy for is that the releasing of the lobster story which would have been a simple story largely forgotten by now has gotten huge legs and all the positives of Buddhism are highlighted. For that I am grateful.

For those of you who would like to learn more about Chokhor Duchen click to find out.

You know the craziest part? So many people think I’m hatin on Buddhism, but I download a Buddhhism podcast from this guy that Lindsay Crouse recommended that I listen to- Lama Marut.
Check him out, the guy makes a lot of sense.
http://www.lamamarut.org/
also sign up for the upcoming Summer Retreat, here are our interviews talking about the upcoming 2011 Summer Retreat-

For More Info-
For more info-

http://www.thesummerretreat.com/

Receiving the coordinates of where the lobsters were released the boys went out yesterday and hauled the lobster traps they set all over that ocean bottom and caught exactly 534 lobsters, the precise number the monks released.

Thank you and come again next year Mr Buddhist monks, we would like to invite you back again and again to purchase our lobsters and “restock the pond”

From Reuters-

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GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Instead of plunging headfirst to their death in a pot of boiling water, 534 live lobsters escaped the dinner plate and belly flopped to freedom into the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

A group of Tibetan Buddhists flanked the sides of a whale-watching boat at dusk on Wednesday, sprayed the lobsters with blessed water, clipped the bands binding their dangerous claws and gently released them one by one into the deep water below.

Video coming from our boys, the crew of the mighty Degelyse-

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More pics and lots of video to come

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The Rabbit Shows Jeff Schroeder From CBS Around The World In A Day How To Walk The Greasy Pole

In This Video The Rabbit and Jeff Get Up On Gloucester’s Greasy Pole In Their Skivvies For A Test Walk

Good Times In Gloucester As The Sun Was Setting and We Just Managed To Catch The Light

For All The Jeff Schroeder Around The World Coverage In Gloucester So Far On These Pages Click Here

Gloucester Exposure On CBS Around The World For Free With Jeff Schroeder

Jeff literally showed up around 7:30PM and the sheer number of Gloucester locations that we squeezed in was outstanding. Huge thank you to Mark Ring who took us out on the Stanley Thomas to the Greasy Pole and Mike Tupper who caught the Albino lobster and allowed us to release it for the show(we had been holding it in our tanks so his father in law could see it).

To See The Video On CBS Click this link-

http://www.cbs.com/e/BzmP6LViff4rlHEhZkM4q8XIyMZD3zar/cbs/1/

Welcome To Gloucester

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To Free The Rare Albino Lobster You Must Walk the Greasy Pole

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Jeff Schroeder Walks The Greasy Pole

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Your Boy Joey Greets Jeff Schroeder When He Gets Into Gloucester

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Captain Mark Ring Brings Us Out To The Pole

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Eric Lorden Hosts Dinner at Passports

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The Best Of Both Worlds Steak & Lobster At Passports

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Walking From Pavillion Beach Through Gloucester’s West End Sal’s Barber Shop & Life Is Good

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CBS Jeff Schroeder Around The World For Free In Gloucester Part I

Featuring Jeff Schroeder,Mark Ring,  The Rabbit,  music from Benny Trouble,Eric Lorden and lobster and steak dinner at Passports,The Albino Lobster, The Greasy Pole, the Good Morning Gloucester Sticker(of course)designed by Beth Swan and printed by our boy Frank Ciolino, and your boy Joey.

Click the link!

http://www.cbs.com/e/BzmP6LViff4rlHEhZkM4q8XIyMZD3zar/cbs/1/

Amazing Race and Big Brother Contestant Jeff Shroeder Talks About Day 1 In Gloucester Shooting For CBS “Around The World For Free”

Jeff Schroeder and Director Zsolt talk about their time in Gloucester MA from my basement where the crew spent their first night as the series kicked off.  Jeff slept on my daughter Madeline’s beanbag chair in the center of children toy hell

Here are pictures and video from Day 1

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Sleeping in the basement after doing shots of tequila at The Crows Nest- priceless!

Here is a video of Jeff in the basement after wrapping up Day One of CBS Around The World For Free and also Zsolt the director and one of three creators of the show talking about Gloucester and how high the bar has been set for the rest of the season.

Good Times!

More pics and video to come

Jeff Schroeder Frees Rare Albino Lobster To Gloucester Harbor Video

Jeff Schroeder who just yesterday started his journey for CBS “Around The World For Free” had a choice- Eat The Lobster or Free The Lobster.  Two envelopes with two very different outcomes for the rare crustacean. If he chose to Free The Lobster he would have to walk the Greasy Pole In Gloucester Harbor.

For those of you wondering the fate of the extremely rare albino lobster that we had landed at our dock at Captain Joe and Sons in Gloucester Ma, watch to see what becomes of the rare crustacean.

Taping Of Around The World For Free With Former Amazing Race and Big Brother Contestant Jeff Schroeder

For the slide show of the albino lobster when it was landed click here-

Rare Albino Lobster Landed At Captain Joe and Sons Slide Show

Here is a video from the day it was landed-

Incredible