Yesterday’s UB Post brings word of an annual effort that I tend to blank out of my mind during the course of the year. A small item announced that “Ulaanbaatar’s Municipal Administration began a campaign to eliminate street dogs.” The “culling program” (don’t you just love the euphemisms?) expects to round up and slaughter about 3000 dogs citywide. There’s nothing to be done about the program itself, at least this year, but for those DODR readers who are so inclined, do please pray and dedicate merit to this situation. And as Buddhists, we would not just pray for the dogs and their more fortunate rebirths, but we would also consider with compassion the karma being incurred by those who ordered the slaughter, and those whose rotten job it is to carry it out.
This Sunday, our UB Buddhist Study and Practice Group will gather again at 3pm (in the permanent ger structure instead of the main temple) and I will teach how to perform the simple Amitabha and Chenresig sadhanas. These are ideal to dedicate to those passing out of this life, so I’ll also talk about one of my teacher’s favorite subjects, the equality of all life, and the corollary virtue of kindness to animals. All are welcome, as they say.
I’m also going to propose a compassion project to the group. Today I learned that the shy, yellow mommy-type dog that hangs out in the temple courtyard (and who aaaalmost let me pet her today), is really a mommy-type. She’s quite pregnant (I thought she was just a little lopsided). Now this presents a dilemma. It’s bloody freezing and she doesn’t have anywhere warm to give birth. It’s highly likely that most if not all of the puppies would freeze to death. So. I’m going to see if we can rally the troops to petition the head lama to let us find or create some place for her to safely deliver her brood, commit to trying to find homes for the pups, and once it’s safe, get mommy spayed. I’m hoping this will balance out the “culling” karma a bit.
Now, on a lighter note, it seems Brother Don has fired a
shot across the bow of the SS DODR, with a highly insinuating post about the
moral character of coffee and those who
worship enjoy it. He even goes so far
as to approvingly link to ‘evidence’ purporting to show that elevated caffeine
intake makes one more prone to hearing voices and other hallucinatory experiences
(what? who’s there?!). But instead of going mano a mano with him on this, since
I am after all a man of peace and he's quite a bit taller than me, let’s take this occasion to experiment with DODR’s
first readers’ poll, and let the vox populi decide: