We watched a really wonderful PBS documentary on the life of the Buddha the other night. It wasn’t so much the historical aspect that they were depicting, but the devotional and spiritual. We found it so uplifting. Jane Hirshfield, a Zen Buddhist and a poet, who was one of the commentators throughout the film said something like, “It’s fun to walk down the street and look at “others” and silently ask the question, “Buddha?”….helping us to remember that we are all, under the cover of flesh and bone, pure spirit, pure love, pure goodness. Sometimes it is very obvious. Most times we have to look for it.
This is easy for me to do with animals. Around St. Francis’ birthday, there are ceremonies, in many places called, The Blessing of the Animals. Every time I hear about this it makes me chuckle (just a little) because my first thought is, “They are the ones blessing us!”
“I would look at a dog, and when our eyes met, I realized that the dog and all creatures are my family. They’re like you and me“. Ziggy Marley