Emakirikiri wrote:The realm of animals is generally considered the realm of ignorance and confusion.
Jesse wrote:Emakirikiri wrote:The realm of animals is generally considered the realm of ignorance and confusion.
It's weird, my dog does't really seem ignorant and confused. He's happy much more often than I am, knows when im upset and generally comforts me.
reddust wrote:Whether they are mindful of their Buddha Nature, I'm not a Buddha so I wouldn't know.
Emakirikiri wrote:reddust wrote:Whether they are mindful of their Buddha Nature, I'm not a Buddha so I wouldn't know.
But the Buddhas do know, and they say it is so.
Emakirikiri wrote:Oh definitely, rigpa isn't due to understanding words (not that it doesn't help) but through direct introduction, and you can't get it more direct than being hit by a Mahasiddha.
Every sentient being has the capacity for rigpa, it's just that certain forms have less capacity than others.
Additionally us ordinary folk can predispose animals to receiving the teachings (and more immediately gaining merit) through certain mantras and such implanting in their mindstreams.
The Buddha’s Law Among the Birds records a series of teachings given by the Lord Avalokiteshvara to an enormous assembly of birds, who come from all the world’s corners to listen to him. The bodhisattva himself is in the form of a cuckoo, and the uniqueness of the poem lies with the instruction of the birds into the Buddhist way of life. 1
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