The Middle Way

Zen Spot #138 — Mindfulness, meditation and an overload of cute salvation February 11, 2018 00:05

Four pounds

Chihuahuas are tiny. Tin-tin, shown above, is particularly small and particularly cute. Dressed up like an Inuit, his eyes seem to be asking his mother, Tracy, what he'd done to deserve being adorned in last year’s fashion. Despite wintering in Cleveland this year, he appears to know he would be a laughingstock on the slopes of Zermatt. 

Or, his eyes could be pouring profound gratitude for the woman who saved him. She took this picture. A pure love.

Two pounds

Skin was stretch over his spine like cellophane around the remainder of a Thanksgiving turkey. He could barely walk and weighed less than thirty-two ounces. Fitting in two palms, as if the hands were shaped to scoop water out of a cool stream, yawping and shivering, he was far closer to death than life when Tracy found him. When an opportunity to exercise compassion when compassion, at some point, becomes the unthinkable, she chose the gift of life. 

Tracy’s kindness manifest itself in 24 hour care until he doubled his weight. Her love manifest itself in being silly and playing. Her compassion manifest itself in a permanent unlimited welcome.

I could not have done what Tracy has done. I am not a Buddha. I am not enlightened. 

Perhaps a case can be made for Tracy, though.

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What are The Four Noble Truths?

  1. The truth of suffering
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering

What is The Noble Eightfold Path?

  1. Right view
  2. Right intention
  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right concentration

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