Buddhism teaches the Four Noble Truths:
- Life is sorrow.
- Sorrow arises from desire.
- We can be emancipated from desire.
- Emancipation is attained by the Eightfold Path:
- Right Views, Right Resolve, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.
Each day, my dog reminds me to live without desire–that is, without wishing for things to be other than they are–and to be mindful of all the good that comes to me, no matter how small. What does your dog teach you?