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!

3 comments:

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