The Four Harmonious Brothers

Paintings depicting the Four Harmonious Brothers are found in many Buddhist communities, including monasteries in Ladakh and Zanskar. While their story doesn’t focus on snow leopards, it describes a precept that the Snow Leopard Conservancy strives to follow.


The brothers met under a tree and discovered that the monkey had seen it’s first fruit, the elephant had seen it’s first spreading branches, and the hare had fertilized it as a sapling. But it was the bird who had planted the seed, so the others agreed that he was the senior and the one most deserving of respect.

Thus began the Buddhist precept of harmony, mutual respect and collaboration.