The Dharma of Dogs

Another way to ask this question is, “What is the dharma of dogs?” In Indian philosophy, each one of us is said to possess a particular dharma, a particular purpose and work in the world that is unique to us and of benefit to others.

Author: Tami Simon

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 9781622037421

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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We spend countless hours training our dogs, but how often do we consider what they have to teach us? “Our canine companions aren’t just our best friends,” explains Tami Simon. “Sometimes they can also be carriers of a special medicine and the wisdom lessons we most need.” The Dharma of Dogs shares the reflections of spiritual teachers and writers who have found a source of deep truth and practical wisdom beneath the furry surface of our four-legged friends. For anyone who loves dogs—and who has learned and grown through this special relationship—these 31 essays offer humor, solace, inspiration, and insight into the life lessons our dogs make available to us, exploring such themes as unconditional love, connecting with nature, facing our fears, and much more. Edited by Tami Simon, The Dharma of Dogs includes contributions by Alice Walker, Eckhart Tolle, Pam Houston, Mark Nepo, Roshi Joan Halifax, Adyashanti, Julie Barton, angel Kyodo williams, JP Sears, Lama Surya Das, Diane Musho Hamilton, Allan Lokos, Andrew Holecek, Bonnie Myotai Treace, Chris Grosso, Geneen Roth, Jeri Parker, Joan Ranquet, Lama Tsomo, Laura Pritchett, Mirabai Starr, Sarah C. Beasley, Stuart Davis, Susan Martin, Susanna Weiss, and His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Portion of proceeds donated to the National Mill Dog Rescue. milldogrescue.org.
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The Positive Psychology of Personal Transformation

I recall that in the mornings when Dharma and Hope and I meet the three-legged dog, when my leg is aching and my heart is tired. Good dogs. But are dogs really enlightened? There is a classic Zen Buddhist text that speaks to this.

Author: James Garbarino

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441977441

Category: Psychology

Page: 121

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Given the current climate of economic and environmental uncertainty, it is all too easy for individuals to feel hopeless about their lives and indifferent to the problems of others. But according to leading psychologist, James Garbarino, this is the peak time for people to enhance their optimism, empathy, and emotional responsiveness. In his important new book, The Positive Psychology of Personal Transformation, Dr. Garbarino reveals the social basis for moral development in adversity, and the mental and physical benefits of psychological and spiritual growth. Drawing widely on his years as a healing professional and own experience of personal crisis as well as on decades of resilience and happiness literature, the author traces the evolution of the moral sense that affects all human relationships, including the one with the Earth itself. In these compelling pages, Dr. Garbarino: Examines how humans’ deep bonds with dogs can model positive human relationships. Compares the risks and benefits of the “oblivious” versus the self-aware life. Analyzes the role of trauma in heightening our sense of the meaning of life and defines the experience of transformational grace in adversity. Explains current manifestations of narcissism and the need for “the positive death of the self.” Asserts that every person is capable of “living an ‘extraordinary’ life.” A book with vast significance across the healing disciplines, The Positive Psychology of Personal Transformation should be read, savored, and practiced by researchers, practitioners, and scientists in clinical child, school, and developmental psychology; social work; educational and community psychology; sociology; and public health.
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The Dharma Videos of Lust and Bust

He suspected two of the gang members of kidnapping his dog . He thought that they had sold the dog to a group of migrant oriental families , who had killed and eaten it . Those gang members denied this . There had been no physical ...

Author: Anoop Chandola

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1419611445

Category: Fiction

Page: 267

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A radical guru satirically exposes religions, mainly his own, by revealing traditional and current mysteries of sex and violence.
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Buddha Root Farm

Theydragged the dog away and did,infact, uncover exactly three hundred ouncesof gold. ... Dogs are speaking thedogdharma. Cats relate the catdharma ... If you don't understandit, you're dreaming, and the dharma simply makes you muddled.

Author: Hsuan Hua

Publisher: Buddhist Text Translation Society

ISBN: 9781601030368

Category: Religion

Page: 94

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Pure Land Buddhist practice consists of reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha. This is a method of mindfulness and concentration is considered the easiest and most certain path to enlightenment. In lectures given in 1975 during the course of a seven day Amitabha recitation session, the late Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua explains the methods of Pure Land Buddhism and how it relates to Chan (Zen) meditation and other Buddhist practices.
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Myths of the Dog Man

I shall take that dog's hindquarters. My vital breaths are leaving me, and hunger is destroying my memory. Therefore, aware of my svadharma, I shall take that dog's hindquarters. The dharma of famine is one that corrupts.

Author: David Gordon White

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226895093

Category: Religion

Page: 334

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"An impressive and important cross-cultural study that has vast implications for history, religion, anthropology, folklore, and other fields. . . . Remarkably wide-ranging and extremely well-documented, it covers (among much else) the following: medieval Christian legends such as the 14th-century Ethiopian Gadla Hawaryat (Contendings of the Apostles) that had their roots in Parthian Gnosticism and Manichaeism; dog-stars (especially Sirius), dog-days, and canine psychopomps in the ancient and Hellenistic world; the cynocephalic hordes of the ancient geographers; the legend of Prester John; Visvamitra and the Svapacas ("Dog-Cookers"); the Dog Rong ("warlike barbarians") during the Xia, Shang, and Zhou periods; the nochoy ghajar (Mongolian for "Dog Country") of the Khitans; the Panju myth of the Southern Man and Yao "barbarians" from chapter 116 of the History of the Latter Han and variants in a series of later texts; and the importance of dogs in ancient Chinese burial rites. . . . Extremely well-researched and highly significant."—Victor H. Mair, Asian Folklore Studies
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The Dharma Bum s Guide to Western Literature

Flatland is usually enjoyed as an amusing exercise in theoretical speculation, but for us Dharma dogs, that bit about the mind being “opened to a higher view of things” makes our noses twitch. Could there be something here not purely ...

Author: Dean Sluyter

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608687701

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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HOW THE LITERATURE WE LOVE CONVEYS THE AWAKENING WE SEEK Suppose we could read Hemingway as haiku . . . learn mindfulness from Virginia Woolf and liberation from Frederick Douglass . . . see Dickinson and Whitman as buddhas of poetry, and Huck Finn and Gatsby as seekers of the infinite . . . discover enlightenment teachings in Macbeth, The Catcher in the Rye, Moby-Dick, and The Bluest Eye. Some of us were lucky enough to have one passionate, funny, inspiring English teacher who helped us fall in love with books. Add a lifetime of teaching Dharma — authentic, traditional approaches to meditation and awakening — and you get award-winning author Dean Sluyter. With droll humor and irreverent wisdom, he unpacks the Dharma of more than twenty major writers, from William Blake to Dr. Seuss, inspiring readers to deepen their own spiritual life and see literature in a fresh, new way: as a path of awakening.
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Zen Dogs

Filled with meditations and eternal truths, Zen Dogs offers insight into every aspect of life for both two-leggers and four-leggers. For spiritual seekers and dog lovers alike, our Zen Dogs photos are pure nirvana!

Author: Gautama Buddha

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 9781633535220

Category: Humor

Page: 165

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Mindfulness Mutts and Dharma Dogs What is the sound of one dog barking? This and other enduring questions are answered in the pages of this wise, whimsical and utterly delightful collection of happy hounds and cuddly pups. Inspirational pups: Zen Dogs, sequel to the bestselling Zen Cats, offers the timeless teachings of Buddhism along with key lessons our canine companions are here to remind us of – such as how to live in the now. Every dog is a living example of loving kindness, a central tenet of the Buddha, which they reteach us with every affectionate lick and joy-filled wag of the tail. Filled with meditations and eternal truths, Zen Dogs offers insight into every aspect of life for both two-leggers and four-leggers. For spiritual seekers and dog lovers alike, our Zen Dogs photos are pure nirvana!
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Like Cats and Dogs

The initial query of the Mu Kōan, “Does the dog have Buddha-nature or not? ... need for discourse ironically complements the seemingly opposite notion that whether one says Yes or No to the question about the dog slanders the Dharma.

Author: Steven Heine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199837281

Category: Philosophy

Page: 266

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Steven Heine offers a compelling examination of the Mu Koan, widely considered to be the single best known and most widely circulated and transmitted koan record of the Zen school of Buddhism.
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On Hinduism

This dog even has a human heart, but he must not be allowed to get ideas above his station. ... Both the dog and the sage are all wrong from the very beginning; the dog violates dog dharma by being a vegetarian, where he should be a ...

Author: Wendy Doniger

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199360086

Category: Religion

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In this magisterial volume of essays, Wendy Doniger enhances our understanding of the ancient and complex religion to which she has devoted herself for half a century. This series of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the most critically important and hotly contested issues in Hinduism over 3,500 years, from the ancient time of the Vedas to the present day. The essays contemplate the nature of Hinduism; Hindu concepts of divinity; attitudes concerning gender, control, and desire; the question of reality and illusion; and the impermanent and the eternal in the two great Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Among the questions Doniger considers are: Are Hindus monotheists or polytheists? How can atheists be Hindu, and how can unrepentant Hindu sinners find salvation? Why have Hindus devoted so much attention to the psychology of addiction? What does the significance of dogs and cows tell us about Hinduism? How have Hindu concepts of death, rebirth, and karma changed over the course of history? How and why does a pluralistic faith, remarkable for its intellectual tolerance, foster religious intolerance? Doniger concludes with four concise autobiographical essays in which she reflects on her lifetime of scholarship, Hindu criticism of her work, and the influence of Hinduism on her own philosophy of life. On Hinduism is the culmination of over forty years of scholarship from a renowned expert on one of the world's great faiths.
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The Dharma Bums

But my serenity was finally disturbed by a curious argument with my brother-in-law; he began to resent my unshackling Bob the dog and taking him in the woods with me. 'I've got too much money invested in that dog to untie him from his ...

Author: Jack Kerouac

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141972060

Category: Fiction

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THE DHARMA BUMS appeared just one year after the author's explosive ON THE ROAD had put the Beat Generation on the literary map and Kerouac on the best-seller list. The same expansiveness, humour and contagious zest for life that sparked the earlier novels sparks this one too, but through a more cohesive story. The books follow two young men engaged in a passionate search for dharma or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the high sierras to seek the lesson of solitude. With an Introduction by Kerouac expert, Ann Douglas.
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