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Shining World Compassionate-Heart Award Recipient: Monty Roberts – The Man Who Listens to Horses

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Today we honor a distinguished guest from culturally rich and placid Solvang, California. Mr Monty Roberts, author of the bestselling autobiography, “The Man Who Listens to Horses,” is a world-renowned gentle horse trainer who developed humane and highly effective methods of communicating and partnering with horses, which he calls the “Join-Up” method. As Mr. Roberts explains, contrary to traditional practices, the most effective way of connecting and partnering with horses is not by inducing fear or pain, but rather, by establishing our inner calm and peace, we allow love in the form of trust and connection to flow.

Mr. Robert’s incredible “Join-Up” method has been praised and enlisted by many notable horse people, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Extending to the benefits of compassionate horse training, Mr. Robert’s work has profoundly helped people to recover from their own emotional stress and injuries through the Divine healing power of horses. Deeply touched by his wise, compassionate way of life and altruistic work, Supreme Master Ching Hai gratefully presented Mr. Monty Roberts the Shining World Compassionate-Heart Award, plus a loving contribution of US$10,000 for his precious horses’ favorite snacks.

“Dear Master Ching Hai, It is my honor to accept this Shining World Compassionate Heart award from You. It is such an encouragement to me personally. And I know it will be to the world of people who appreciate animals but have not become familiar with my violence-free methods of interacting with them. When I read the original letter requesting an interview, I was happy to grant my time to Your inspiring multicultural programs. The positive stories, covering many great topics is needed in our modern lifestyle. Thank You for recognizing how much I care for the way horses are treated, and how much they should be recognized for their ability to heal us. They have been my teachers, my friends and my providers for all of my 84 years and will continue to fascinate and delight me for the balance of the years that I have on this Earth.”

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