photo: Chris Pierre
Dogs are the most advanced beings on the planet. They are fully self-realized. They possess unconditional love. They forgive instantly. They are empathetic and sympathetic. They are incapable of guile or dishonesty. They’re always in the moment, not carrying the past or fretting about the future. Everything’s always new and wonderful. Every place is always the best place to be. If you think about qualities you’d like to possess, the ideal qualities –unconditional love, loyalty, devotion, unwavering friendship, forgiveness, selflessness, sincerity, being fully present in the moment, happiness- qualities we uphold as the loftiest ideals to which we might aspire, they look very much like, you know, a good dog; dog consciousness. Of course, by those same ideal standards, humans are far and away the least evolved beings on the planet. Do dogs have a Buddha nature? Dogs are Buddha nature. We don’t need books and teachers and philosophies; if you want to learn from a great spiritual master, get a dog, they’re the real Zen masters.
-Jed McKenna, ‘Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment’
What a cutie! Dogs are great!
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