Here’s something unique: About two miles from our front door is the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, which was founded by the Dalai Lama’s brother. This past Saturday, the monks at the temple held The Blessing of the Creatures, so John and I took Emmett, and we met up with Em’s “colleague” from his therapy dog days, Romeo.
There were a handful of other dogs there and even a cat. The monks chanted, then blessed each of the pets individually, and gave them a protection string to wear.
Emmett started to doze off during the chanting…
The he received his blessing….
And his amulet…
Afterwards, the monks led a clockwise procession around the Kalachakra, which is a temple-like place that represents the enlightened mind.
The procession was three laps around, during which the monks took turns walking the individual dogs. When it was Emmett’s turn, I handed the leash to the monk – just as Emmett decided to tear off in the opposite direction because this little Scottie dog had just peed off to the side and Emmett had to get there. Luckily, I hadn’t fully dropped the leash yet and was able to snag it before Emmett toppled the monk.
When the ceremony was over, we walked Emmett and Romeo around the grounds, which are beautiful and peaceful. It was so hot, though, that the dogs couldn’t keep going for too long.
We’re definitely going to plan some walks there in the future – the monks allow anyone to wander the grounds during daylight hours, and you can even attend their meditations and events. It was a unique experience, and I’m thrilled Emmett was able to take part in the Buddhist blessing!
He’s been wearing his amulet proudly (though we moved it to the back of his collar instead of the front so Newt wouldn’t mess with it).
We hope you had a wonderful weekend! Any fun pup-friendly activities?