buddha and dog with buddha nature

the Poodle and i –

We entered the facility, the institution, the home.


there She was,

halfway down the hallway

in a wheelchair.

people passing Her by,

not even stopping to say hi,

or even, “excuse me….”


“No one comes to visit me”

she spoke into

to the space.

“No one comes to visit me”

as people whisked passed.


“Hi, my name is Liz, and this is Tomi –

and we are here to visit You”

“of course You are”, she said to Tomi, a smile broke across her face like sunrise.

and as i looked into Her Buddha face she turned Her light on me,

“You are Bea-u-tiful face!”

she said,

and it reflected off of every surface of my heart –

“so are You”

i answered.

and we sat there as she stroked the poodle,

who now wore Her expression.


Does a dog have a Buddha nature?

About eteal

Reverend Teal is a minister, chaplain, artist and storyteller. She specializes in the human-animal bond and all its healing aspects.
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2 Responses to Visitors

  1. Dave says:

    Liz, this brought tears to my eyes. Absolutely beautiful.

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