The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

"Spiritual powers and their wondrous functioning--hauling water and carrying firewood." --Layman Pang, upon his realization

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Last night, when I was about mid way through my sit, Mumbles the cat came to join me.
That's an unusual fact in itself, since I sit on the 3rd floor of the house and she rarely ventures further from the comforts of the 1st floor--plus, she's a very big girl, and that's a lot of exercise.  
So I considered her visit a rare treat.
She looked at me, meowed, and wandered around the room, finally climbing onto the couch where I sat.  She climbed to the back of the couch and I could feel her settling in directly behind my head.
She nestled her nose into my hair and snuffled a bit, and where she touched me, I felt a little flower burst into bloom! 
Opening, opening, opening.
The sun, the rain, the earth!
My scalp tingled.
She pulled her nose away and settled in further.
I could hear her breathing, and then I just felt her there behind me, a beautiful Bodhisattva lending me her support and Loving Kindness.
Every breath a Metta chant!
When I finished my sit, I looked at her and bowed.  I offered her the Nembusu, and she offered me a Silent Meow.
She jumped down off the couch, regarding me as I blew out the candle and removed my mala.
I thought she looked like a little Buddhist Priest in her black robes, with a white Rakusu, and little white stockings, stylish.
Laughing, I went back to the evening.  She followed me.

Namu Amida Butsu!


Brennan said...

mumbles bows to the buddha!

Brookie said...

Yes, but she forgot to wear her stretchy mala!

Rosetung said...

awww! i love cat stories like this! i've been loving your journaling here lately. a nice treat in my day- beneficial and educational- very cool, fulfilling. i hope you had/have a chance to watch that video i sent a link for. did you get my email reply? hope it didn't go to the junkbox... ciao! xoxoxo, j