When you live in the country a dog is an asset. You not only have a companion you have a super sensitivity alert device. Tyke can hear a car coming a half mile away and we know because he runs to the window, looks out and gives a few short barks. We know if there are cows or javalina in the yard because the barking is replaced with loud snorting at the front door threshold. We don’t believe in guard dogs because we don’t feel we have anything that needs guarding. Which is good because nobody is going to be intimidated by a dog that looks like he belongs on a Hallmark greeting card.
The greatest thing about a dog is that you never have to wonder what they’re thinking.
In Buddhism it’s was an ancient tradition for the different sects to hold yearly debates and see who was the most enlightened.
One year the debate was between a Zen master and a simple Tibetan monk, the money was on the master.
With a dramatic flourish the Zen master removed an orange from the sleeve of his robe. And in a booing voice asked the little monk…
Zen is all about questioning the true meaning of things in order to see them with the pure vision and awareness of the enlightened mind.
The little Tibetan monk stared up at the master with a blank expression.
The master repeated the question confident that the superior depth of the Zen mind had stumped the Tibetan.
The little monk turned and asked the audience…
So often in our attempt to explore the spiritual depths we forfeit the simple innate ability to see with consummate clarity.
I’ve been absent from this site for a couple of days while setting up my other site where I enjoy doing doodles and spiritual humor. It’s so easy to take our beliefs so serious that we lose sight of the value of humor.
I had a good friend many years ago who traveled to Indonesia to attend a four day spiritual retreat. The master had many profound things to teach but he spent a lot of time telling jokes. When questioned about this he replied that it was one of his teaching techniques. It’s impossible to laugh and think at the same time which clears the mind.
The great Zen master Seung Sahn said not to attach to ideas, throw them away. Ideas are created by thinking which takes us out of the moment and only the present moment is infinite time and space.
I’ve pondered that for years. When we think, we become the thought which insists on taking us along it’s narrow confines. We become the belief and behave accordingly.
Only the moment allows us to become madmen/women and go wherever we please and live like a lion, completely free from all fear.
Humor allows me to let go of the rudder and simply sail with the mystical winds that take us into the forever’s of infinite being.
mike and lori