“The whole earth is in jail and we’re plotting this incredible jailbreak.”  ~Hugh Romney, aka Wavy Gravy

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Benefit

Excerpted from the article Advice on Benefiting Animals by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche:

It’s not enough that you keep the animals and they give you comfort. You must do something of practical benefit for them. This is what you can do every day:

Take them around holy objects — circumambulate. Everyday you can put on a table many tsa-tsas and statues, and take the animal around chanting mantras at the same time. This way it also helps the person who carries the animal around.

Recite prayers in their ears, verbally, to plant the seed of all the realizations of the path to enlightenment.

This makes a huge difference. It has inconceivable result, unbelievable result. That makes them have a good rebirth next life, to be born as a human being and meet the Dharma.

But I’ve always kind of thought just the opposite.

Being a human being is hard.  I like to think if we live a good life and do our best, perhaps the gods will take pity on us and let us live our next life as a nice woman’s lap-cat, to give us a chance to catch our breath.

I’m not really convinced that being human is the top of the pyramid, anyway.  As Don Marquis once pointed out, to a mosquito we’re just something to eat.

And I’m pretty sure cats think that they are the species to aspire to.

Faith

“Faith is a state of openness or trust…  In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding tight. But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to the truth, whatever it might turn out to be.”  ~Shunryu Suzuki (via)

I’m always leery of people who claim to believe in a “literal interpretation of the bible” or “strict interpretation of the constitution.”  They’re claiming to have, either through divine providence or their own superior intelligence,  supreme knowledge of the One True Way.

I suspect they’re just full of themselves.

Wake Up

“You cannot live without dying. You cannot live if you do not die psychologically every minute. This is not an intellectual paradox. To live completely, wholly, every day as if it were a new loveliness, there must be dying to everything of yesterday, otherwise you live mechanically, and a mechanical mind can never know what love is or what freedom is.”  ~Krishnamurti (source)

Or, as Arlo Guthrie put it: