Does a dog have Buddha nature?
(Peter Einhorn)

An interesting question,
or a distraction for the mind?
A way for my ego to attach
Human nature to a dog?
For what is sentience?
Can one suffer without awareness?
Can Yin exist without Yang?
Can the Way exist without Ego?
What is the purpose of practice
without the suffering
of essential Humanity?
Does the Way exist not in spite of
but because of our Humanity?
Does a dog have Buddha nature?
I know not. It matters not.
I have Buddha nature, and
I sit here in silent morning
wondering how, wondering if
I can relieve
the suffering of
the World
including dogs.

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