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Every year, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche prays, together with the Pacific Grove community and other faith leaders, for the monarch butterflies as they make their epic 3000 mile migration, stopping to refuel in the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary.  The monarchs need prayers more than ever.   Last year’s annual butterfly count showed their numbers down by 99%.

Typically in October, monarch butterflies cluster together on pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees in the Sanctuary. Their migration to Pacific Grove is so unique that Pacific Grove is nicknamed ‘Butterfly Town, U.S.A.’ The community has always welcomed the butterflies and advocated for their protection. Citizens of Pacific Grove voted to create an additional tax to create the Monarch Grove Sanctuary which is cared for by dedicated volunteers.  (note 1)

On Saturday, October 9th starting at noon, Rinpoche will offer a prayer of blessing, and scatter flower petals in the Monarch Grove Sanctuary.  Attendees are encouraged to bring flower petals to add to the ceremony.   There will also be prayers in the Ohlone language and good wishes from all to bless the trees and pray for the return of the butterflies.

The Monarch Grove Sanctuary is located at 250 Ridge Road, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950.

Directions and More information:  https://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/visiting/monarch-butterfly-sanctuary

More information on the decline of the monarch and how you can help:  https://www.kazu.org/local/2021-05-21/green-thumbs-give-a-helping-hand-to-dwindling-monarch-population

Note 1:  That paragraph drawn from the City of Pacific Grove website.

The photos below are from the 2013 ceremony, courtesy of the Cedar Street Times: