Bugs Manjushri, Destroyer of Attachment

Darla points out that animals and humans can learn to amuse themselves with ordinary household objects.  (“Strange Cat-Person Category Two,” earlier this morning.)  Here are some ordinary objects in this house that Bugs has learned to amuse himself with.

Note the ceramic Buddha my friend Joy brought back from Thailand.  Broken.

Note the ceramic Buddha my favorite teacher brought from Hawai’i and points eastward.  Chipped.  Here’s a close-up.

(Well I guess that’d actually be points-westward from Hawai’i.  Complicated business, this round-world relativity stuff.)

Note the bronze Buddha my favorite teacher brought from Hawai’i and points wherever.  Intact.  Not because Bugs hasn’t tried to destroy it.  He’s met his match just this once.  May all beings be happy.

Here’s another ordinary household object that has amused Bugs. Note the corpse of the baby in the foreground.

Here’s him licking his chops after amusing himself like that.  The picture’s blurry because he knows he’s not supposed to do this.

I was particularly attached to this plant because a friend gave it to me after my father died.  Attachment, attachment.  All material objects, all thought-afflictions related thereto, all, all must fall before time and Bugs the Mighty Manjushri.

Bugs Manjushri, bodhisattva who has lingered to help us look deeply, so we will understand the roots of ill-being, the impermanent and selfless nature of all that is.  Yup, sure would be wise to get un-hooked from all material things formerly cherished.

Bugs Mighty Manjushri, wielding the sword of understanding to cut through the bonds of ill-being, freeing ourselves and other species.  I don’t know what they’re talking about.  Bugs rejoices in well-being and Science Diet.  He’s quite free to destroy attachment to all material things in the house.

Just as long he stays within it.  That’s the deal, Mr. Manjushri.  Take it.  Or leave it and be free.  Second thoughts, take it.  That’s the only option.

By the way.  That photo of Manjushri?  I inserted that into this post two days after I wrote it.  It’s a postcard Kim sent me.  Which I didn’t see until after I wrote this post.  I would not make that up, blogmates.  Manjushri is not to be messed with!


About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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One Response to Bugs Manjushri, Destroyer of Attachment

  1. Joy Fox says:

    Well, you know what they say about meeting the Buddha:

    If you meet the Buddha on the road, you’re probably going the wrong way.

    Stay warm, sister. We’ll have that cup of tea before the end of March.

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