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Saturday, April 20, 2013
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A few days ago, I posted some thoughts about the dog-mu Zen koan. Here’s a grungy shot of three real dogs, in their little front-yard triangle off of Market Street in Newark. I started noticing these guys a few months ago, as I pass their humble abode every day on my way home from work.

So, does the dog have Buddha nature? I don’t think that these pooches particularly care about that, on this rainy spring afternoon. All the more reason to suspect that they possibly DO have Buddha nature. As much as any of their human (all too human) bosses might.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 10:48 am      
 
 


  1. Jim, I agree! Even large dogs like this have their “Buddha nature”. They are simply interested in what is happening *now*. Different dogs may have different interests, but they are still only interested in what’s happening *now*. MCS

    Comment by MCS — April 21, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  2. Jim, And another things about dogs: Not sure it has anything to do with Buddhist nature, but it never ceases to amaze me. They care only about what is important to them for the most part. A person can be having a perfectly *awful* day; and when he/she comes home, the dog will be ecstatic! All one’s own troubles will be of absolutely no concern whatsoever of the dog. The loved one is there, and nothing else in the world matters. Is that Buddhist nature? I don’t know, but it sure can aid a person in acquiring at least a tad of Buddhist nature; one is forced to respond to the dog and live in the moment him/herself. MCS

    Comment by MCS — April 21, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

  3. Jim, as you already know by now, I love dogs. But since having Lucy as my closest and constant companion, my inner and outer world has changed for the better. I do believe that dogs, more than any other animal, present to us humans a side of the spiritual elevation that we often overlook or some just do not possess. Temple Grandin spoke about the sensorial world, of course, but in more ways than just one, Animals (do) Make Us Human. So, yes, I agree with you that dogs do have a buddha nature. I see this all the time in my Princess Lucy. After all she has suffered at the hands of the racing industry, she still possesses a regal grace and purity of being that I seldom glimpse in humans. One only has to see the looks on the faces of the homeless people who hug her and who she gives her strangely genteel and gentle greyhound brand of affection to, to realise that dogs are very special.

    Comment by spunkykitty — May 24, 2013 @ 4:05 am

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