…the abbot feels that these tigers are his family. As he told ABC
News, “I think they are my babies: my son, my daughter, my father, mother. If not in the present life, in the past life.”
Buddhists also believe that animals, like humans, are sentient beings.
“When the tiger angry, when you angry, it’s the same. When you hungry, when the tiger hungry, it’s the same. When you tired, when the tiger tired, it’s the same!” the abbot explains.
He has used this understanding to raise some of the tamest tigers in the world, catapulting this small forest monastery into the international limelight.
Every afternoon, up to 1,000 tourists from across the world flock to the Tiger Temple for their very own personal tiger experience.
And what they see is unlike any American zoo exhibit. Tiger Temple is hands-on, meaning visitors can pet the enormous cats and even hold their heads in their laps for photos….