I Can’t Be a Buddhist

Unless I misunderstood, I learned in a lecture today that Buddhists say animals don’t have consciousness. Oh well.  So much for that.  Unless I misunderstood, which is so entirely possible. A little bit of googling seems to indicate that I might have.  I hope a Buddhist weighs in.  

In the meantime, I give you this guy.  Please note the endearing tiny leg splayage to body ratio.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “I Can’t Be a Buddhist

  1. Buddhists say animals (and we humans) have the Buddha-nature. In the Vimanavatthu of the Pali canon there is a great little story of a frog winning a deva mansion who was accidently killed while listening to the Buddha. Keep in mind, too, that the Buddha when he was a Bodhisattva became an animal on a number of occasions. I hasten to mention that the Buddha Ratnashikhin will take all animals into his heaven. Chant over the dying animal: Namu Sugata Ratnashikhin.

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  2. Thank you, Mujaku! I feel so much better now. I cut and pasted that chant. I will save it for the sad, inevitable time.

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