We spend countless hours training our dogs, but how often do we consider what they have to teach us? -Our canine companions aren't just our best friends, - explains Tami Simon -They naturally embody many of the spiritual principles we ourselves aspire to.- The Dharma of Dogs shares the reflections of Buddhist writers and other teachers who have found a source of deep truthWe spend countless hours training our dogs, but how often do we consider what they have to teach us? -Our canine companions aren't just our best friends, - explains Tami Simon -They naturally embody many of the spiritual principles we ourselves aspire to.- The Dharma of Dogs shares the reflections of Buddhist writers and other teachers who have found a source of deep truth and practical wisdom beneath the furry surface of our four-legged friends.For anyone who loves dogs--and who has learned and grown through this special relationship--these essays offer humor, solace, inspiration, and insight into the life lessons our dogs make available to us. Readers join bestselling authors such as Alice Walker, Geneen Roth, Lama Surya Das, Mark Nepo, and others to explore such themes as unconditional love, connecting with nature, facing our fears, and more....
|Title||:||The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers|
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The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers Reviews
Well-known spiritual teachers Eckhart Tolle, Alice Walker, Pam Houston, Roshi Joan Halifax, JP Sears, and many more share wisdom lessons and truth they have found with four-legged friends. Beryl Bender Birch, talking of her dog Hopi, says, "She taught me the essence of my spiritual practice: pay attention, be present, appreciate and be grateful for every moment of life, and celebrate impermanence." Alice Walker teaches "There is a welcome, a joy, a delirium of delight that dogs offer us that makes it impossible for us to believe we are not loved." As JP Sears (or actually his dog Zephyr) says, "...doG is God spelled forward..."A portion of the proceeds of sales is donated to National Mill Dog Rescue - milldogrescue.org
I received this book since my wife and I are friends with one of the authors and I was involved with an early draft of her essay. Once I received a copy of the published work, after a few weeks I began to read one or two essays most days and found myself very much enjoying the various aspects of people's relationships with their dog. One aspect which fascinated me was the various perspectives regarding canine "end-of-life" procedures. While all the authors are (fervent?) Buddhists, some felt euthanasia was appropriate and humane, while others declined euthanasia in place of providing a comfortable, loving environment and allowing the animal "to slip away". Because of the shorter life span of dogs, most essays include the author's feelings about the dog's passing. One cannot help reflecting on a dog's death without somehow applying such feelings to the loss of a friend or family member. A common thread (and thus the title of the book) was that each author grew as a person and found insights because of his/her dog and that they saw more in their canine companions than just being a pet. There were variations in the perception that the dogs were consciously providing such insights, or whether it was just the human interpretation of the interaction's effects.In my estimation, some essays were better written than others and some essays spoke to me personally better than others. After reading the biographical descriptions of the authors at the end of the book, it was surprising that I found some of the best written pieces, as I evaluated them, were not written by accomplished or renowned authors. In any regard, I would strongly recommend the book for its content, especially for those who feel an affinity with their dogs. I am not sure this theme would work well with the subject of cats--but I could be surprised.
I loved the theme of dogs as spiritual advisers that ran through the stories in this book. My favorite story, written by JP Sears, was told from the perspective of his dog Zephyr and it had me repeatedly in stitches. Literally laugh out loud funny and ensured the book could get no fewer than 4 stars from me (it was a 6-star story!). Too many of the other stories, however, delved too deeply on the death of the writers' dogs and I found many of them to be tear-jerkingly difficult to read. I wish there had a been a better balance between Zephyr stories and dog passing stories, but that's my only complaint. Many of the stories left me pondering interesting life lessons and I appreciated that aspect of the book. Definitely worth a read if you love dogs and are at all spiritual in nature.