The Buddhist and Native Teachings of my Animals

This is the most spacious and beautiful post I’ve ever read. I was just directed to it again by a friend, and reread it, and thought I’d try this reblogging.

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“If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.” – Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, British Columbia, Canada

In Buddhism it is taught that beings who are animals ‘evolve spiritually’ by being selfless and compassionate: so one day they may be reborn as human and have the opportunity to dedicate themselves to enlightenment.

Animals have long  been regarded in Buddhist thought as sentient beings, different in their intellectual ability than humans but no less capable of feeling suffering. Animals possess Buddha nature (according to the Mahāyāna school) and have potential to become enlightened. Buddhist doctrine on  rebirth holds  that any human can be reborn as an animal, and any animal can be reborn as a…

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