Animals and Buddha Nature

Animals have no choice but to directly express their Buddha nature. Buddha nature is our essence–that which we really are: joy, light, and love. Animals, on the other hand, are always honest. (And yes, they do have feelings.) They have no choice but to be innocent and loving–because that is their true nature.

It is only humans that have the ability to reflect their Buddha nature in different ways. We can hide or mask who we really are inside. We choose how to reflect our Buddha nature by tilting our prism. If we are angry or judging someone else, that is how we choose to reflect our Buddha nature. Of all the choices we had to reflect our joy, light, and love in that moment, we chose to reflect our Buddha nature to condemn another human being. What a waste. The condemnation is destructive, but the true tragedy is the opportunity cost. It is the loss of the beautiful way that we could heave reflected our love during that moment.

Our free will is largely how we reflect our Buddha nature. Bart Anderson explains, "The (0nly) choice is how we affect- how we reflect our Buddha nature." The choice we make is the effect our life has on the world.

Animals do not have this choice. How they are is what you get. It is our privilege to have this choice. Hopefully, we use this freedom well... That we choose to reflect the joy inside of us in some really beautiful ways.

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