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    A Zen Dog Poem

    Warm greetings,

    Last thursday evening I arrived back on earth after a week hiatus at a silent zen center.  It was my first time doing something like this.  I wasn’t alone... I went with a very good friend and teacher of mine.  We were together, but we didn’t talk.

    For the first two days I was completely lost.  I literally followed him around like a dog follows his master.  

    My eyes and ears constantly open to present moment stimulus.  You get so quiet and rested on these things... you come to understand how your dog sees the world.  Concious breathing...Napping... spontaneous reactions... ready to flow with the pack or react to the environment.  No conception of regular time.  

    Unconditioning the animal that we are.

    I was inspired by an outdoor dog who lives at the monastery where I stayed.


    She was a beautiful white husky with the most calm and balanced disposition I have ever come across.  I laughed to myself when I deduced she was probably a vegetarian...I knew she was fed leftovers from the kitchen.  


    I saw her three times that week and it made me really miss my job...  

    The second time she was following two farmers who worked the property.

    The third time she was laying still under a tree, not sleeping. Fully AWAKE.


    That moment brought me to this.  A zen poem I wrote for you.

    My feet feel the sidewalk;

     My ears hear a rhythmic jingle of metal.  

    Both ends of the leather are facing up in a smile.

    The last few moments of a dog walk.

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