Sunday, August 23, 2009

Special Bells

I was banging away on the cat dish this morning with a fork. A carer immediately appeared and said;
"I know you are Buddhist, hope you don't mind me asking but is that a special bell that you are ringing like we ring at Angelus?"
"Oh" I said "it's a special bell for the cat, I suppose."

She was right in a way. It was a special bell. Apart from the cat, that bell saves the life of a mouse or a bird, and future generations or meals for others. And on it goes. Karma goes backwards too. Not to mention what goes into the cat food can. But is there really such a thing as Karma? (Cause and effect) A good question to ask yourself. "Firewood is not Ash," remarked Great Zen Master Dogen.

Later two Jehovas' Witnesses came to the door and gave me a copy of their magazine. "Is there anything we can help you with?" they asked "or anything you need?"

To have the courage and willingness to help a complete stranger would be so good, especially if we have no agenda.

To be continued...

1 comment:

  1. "especially if we have no agenda"... if that happened to me, I'd politely request the assistance (if needed- minus the agenda or message crusades) :) I do believe, deep in my heart, that people are basically good even if their own intentions are not evident to themselves. :) a bit of ignorance perhaps? I know my own blinders annoy me sometimes and I treasure each moment of clarity. I like to call them glimpses and if they were poetry, they'd be "vingettes" :)