Call it Zen and the art of empathy maintenance. Sometimes, we all could use a reminder.
"It's rethinking the way you normally see these creatures," participant Victoria Fan told Reuters. "You're supposed to view them equally. Their happiness is as important as your happiness, their suffering is as important as your suffering."
It wouldn't be the first time we've seen people go to extraordinary lengths for lobsters. In June, a Canadian woman shipped a single supermarket lobster 2,000 miles to return him to the ocean.
These dedicated men and women - and their labor of lobster - remind us that just caring a little bit about the littlest creatures can give us all a world of inspiration.
"We believe if everybody's able to do that," Venerable Dan tells CBC, "it will become a better place, a more harmonic place."