This is our sweet dog, Bodhi. He was named Bodhi because we feel that we were led to find him. Certain Buddhist sutras stress that bodhi is always present and perfect and simply needs to be uncovered. Bodhi is the ultimate goal of Buddhist life. It is achieved by observing the eight-fold path, the development of the "paramitas" (virtues) and profound wisdom into the dependently arisen nature of phenomena.
This dog is a constant reminder to us of how we should live our lives. He is so loving. He is so trusting. He constantly wants to be touched and always is within a short distance of either of us. He truly shows us how the virtues in life. We are thrilled to have him in our lives even though he is still a puppy (less than 2). Sometimes we forget that because he is so well-behaved.
I was thinking of enlightenment and the idea of bodhi tonight and wanted to commend all the bloggers that I follow (all these wonderful artists) for their care and concern of those in Haiti at the present time. You should all be commended for taking time to blog about charitable organizations that we can donate to, for donating your wares and your time to raise funds for the people in Haiti, and for just plain caring enough to take the time to talk about other people and their needs instead of rambling on and on about your own lives and plans. You have all been self-less and it is noticed. I, once again, am thrilled to be part of such a caring community of artists who are generous with their time and their money and who show everyday the virtues of such a community. I am honored to call you my friends!