The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers

The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers

by Tami Simon (Editor)


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The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers by Tami Simon

We spend countless hours training our dogs, but how often do we consider what they have to teach us? “Our canine companions aren’t just our best friends,” explains Tami Simon. “Sometimes they can also be carriers of a special medicine and the wisdom lessons we most need.” The Dharma of Dogs shares the reflections of spiritual teachers and writers who have found a source of deep truth and practical wisdom beneath the furry surface of our four-legged friends.

For anyone who loves dogs—and who has learned and grown through this special relationship—these 31 essays offer humor, solace, inspiration, and insight into the life lessons our dogs make available to us, exploring such themes as unconditional love, connecting with nature, facing our fears, and much more. Don't forget to add this inspirational book to your list of gifts for dog lovers this year.

Edited by Tami Simon, The Dharma of Dogs includes contributions by Alice Walker, Eckhart Tolle, Pam Houston, Mark Nepo, Roshi Joan Halifax, Adyashanti, Julie Barton, angel Kyodo williams, JP Sears, Lama Surya Das, Diane Musho Hamilton, Allan Lokos, Andrew Holecek, Bonnie Myotai Treace, Chris Grosso, Geneen Roth, Jeri Parker, Joan Ranquet, Lama Tsomo, Laura Pritchett, Mirabai Starr, Sarah C. Beasley, Stuart Davis, Susan Martin, Susanna Weiss, and His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

Portion of proceeds donated to the National Mill Dog Rescue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622037414
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 318,235
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tami Simon

TAMI SIMON founded Sounds True in 1985 as a multimedia publishing house with a mission to disseminate spiritual wisdom. She hosts a popular weekly podcast called Insights at the Edge, where she has interviewed many of today’s leading teachers. Tami lives with her partner, Julie Kramer, and their Spoodle, Raspberry, in Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction Tami Simon 1

1 The Gift of Poetry Laura Pritchett 7

2 My Little Buddha Andrew Holecek 13

3 I Had No Idea Charlie Was Coming Alice Walker 21

4 Lost Dog Jeri Parker 25

5 Lama Kusung Lama Tsomo 33

6 Blessings from Zephyr JP Sears 37

7 Are You Willing to Be a Fool for Love? Susan Martin 47

8 Dog Angels Mirabai Star 53

9 Here for You Bonnie Myotai Treace 61

10 Unconditional Loving-Acceptance (Even on Our Worst Days) Chris Grosso 67

11 Light Through Tapestry Eckhart Tolle 73

12 My Furry Soulbody Sera Beak 77

13 Cosmo Perry Wiggins-Fernandez Soucy-Beasley Sarah C. Beasley 85

14 The Tail of My Perfect Teacher Susanna Weiss 91

15 Caring for Animals as a Spiritual Practice His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche 97

16 Sometimes the Best Teacher Is the One Who Made You Cuss the Most Joan Ranquet 105

17 Dogitation: Meditating with Chandi Lama Surya Das 113

18 The Dog of My Life Adyashanti 119

19 And Yet, Dogs Find Me Roshi Joan Halifax 127

20 Mother's Day Storm Pam Houston 133

21 Golden Tails Allan Lokos 143

22 Against and Into the World Ketzel Levine 149

23 Tilla, the Lake, the Sky Stuart Davis 153

24 My Hopi Beryl Bender Birch 159

25 The Dog, and the Door Swinging Open Geneen Roth 165

26 A Dog Named after a Boxer Diane Musho Hamilton 169

27 Dropping into What Is Reverend angel Kyodo williams 175

28 Sgt. Pepper Rachel Brathen 179

29 Ziji's Dharma Acharya Fleet Maull 185

30 How Losing My Dog Helped Me Believe There's an Afterlife Julie Barton 193

31 The Work of the World Mark Nepo 199

Photo Credits 205

About the Contributors 207

About National Mill Dog Rescue 217

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