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A Conversation with My Dog

Sparky’s been barking a lot this morning, even by his standards.  So I took him aside, got him calmed down, and pet him.   I spoke to him in soothing tones, gently stroking the soft fur on his head.

“Look,” I said, “I know it’s got to be hard not to bark when you have dog-nature.  It’s a dog’s nature to bark.  But do you know what?  You have Buddha-nature, too.  And Buddhas very rarely bark.”

Then he looked me straight in the eye and said, “Woof!”


Ven. Dr. Myodo Jabo (Sandy Gougis) is a Zen Master and Priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order. She began studying Theravâdin Buddhism in 1998, adding Zen in 2003, and Vajrayana Buddhism in 2008. She currently practices in both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. Her Zen teacher is Most Ven. Wonji Dharma of the Five Mountain Zen Order, and her Tibetan guru is Lama Tsultrim Allione of Tara Mandala. In her free time, Myodo enjoys painting, jewelry making, and other creative endeavors.

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