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    Dog Paid Member

    The dyslexic believes in dog, and so do I. Blessed be we. My dog, Toby, does a handstand, face deep into his bowl, and eats while balanced on his forepaws. I am astonished. I want to call out to someone, verify what I am seeing. Later, I talk about it, but no one believes me. They don’t say so, of course, merely smile and look away. Some day, I am almost sure, he will speak, and his first word will be “No,” correcting some gauche behavior on my part. At this very moment, as I type, dog sits upon my lap. When he kisses my chin, I will have to stop and take him to confer with Max, the neighbor’s Labrador. More »
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    All Sentient Beings Paid Member

    I am the chosen life-companion of a part wolf. As her years were growing long, I became concerned about the quality of her life. Then I heard that a Tibetan lama, the venerable Kusum Lingpa Rinpoche, would be coming to offer Longevity Empowerments in the town where Grendel and I lived. Now, the various Buddhisms are reputed to be for all sentient beings. Part of the Bodhisattva Vow is not to accept nirvana until “all sentient beings” have become enlightened. So I expected that Grendel would also be welcome at this event. My whole point of going was to take her, the old lady. I was simply going along as her companion. More »
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    The Dog's Tooth Paid Member

    Once, as a Tibetan trader was preparing to leave on his travels, his mother asked him if he would bring her back a relic from India, the land of the Buddha. “I’m too old to make such a pilgrimage now,” she said. The son assured his mother that he would find her a holy relic. But months later, when he returned, he was dismayed to discover that he had completely forgotten his mother’s request. So he promised her that next time he would not be so careless. More »
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    Dogs of Buddha Paid Member

    I On a shelf above a wide bedsit two Chinese-green jade Fu dogs;Shishi, lion dogs, Japanese people call them.As centuries drifted by, pairs replaceda solitary guardian, protectorof Buddhist altars, temples,graveyards, Imperial thrones, prosperous homes. This is a special pair:His mouth is open andhe cries, “A. . . U. . .,”Her mouth is closedover, “. . . mmm. . . .” Alpha and Omega.Buddha Mind.Aummm. II More »
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    Dog(ma) Paid Member

    Although I have on occasion glimpsed what I took to be the light of wisdom in some mutt’s orbs, and while I’m convinced that when asked if a dog had Buddha-nature, Master Joshu answered not wu but wuf, I’ve been disinclined to take a dog as my guru—for the simple reason that dogs are the most deeply domesticated of animals and I prefer my teachers free and wild. More »
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    Does a Dog Have Buddha-Nature? Paid Member

    When a scholar of Zen Buddhism has a dog called Mu, as I do, people think they know why. But things are not always what they seem, and my black lab’s name does not come from the famous koan “Mu.” It derives, rather, from Mustafa—the name given him at the humane society when he was picked up as a stray puppy. Mustafa soon became Musty and then just Mu. . . his Buddha-nature was never in question. More »