Thursday, 15 June 2006

Buddhism for Pets

image According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a couple of days ago there took place what may have perhaps been Australia’s first ever Buddhism for pets event - at which one hundred animals including cats, dogs, mice and mudcrabs were blessed. (Why not? Where I live horses, cattle, goats, sheep, chickens and pets - dogs, snakes, iguanas - are blessed annually in the name of Catholicism.) say "it appears that we are seriously falling short in our spiritual responsibilities to Bodhicattva" (their cat).

"It’s really not good enough that we feed him, indulge him shamelessly, play fetch with him (yes! we have a cat who plays fetch!). We should also be whispering holy texts into his ears, making sure that he hangs around holy objects – whatever they might be – and blessing his food before he eats it."

Buddhism for Pets

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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