A Thousand Bites from a Toothless Dog (Keith Knapp, 2/12/2021)

A Thousand Bites from a Toothless Dog

Thought and thought, felt and hurt. 

Time and time again.  Hourly, daily, weekly.

Unrecognized story of this then that.

Scattered and focused, but not clear.

Reliving something not yet lived.

Feeling something not yet felt.

Hurting but not yet manifest.

Daily happenings, small and large, rarely reality.

A thousand bites from a toothless dog.

Fevered preparatory pitch of thought.

Worse than the one true incisor, or the many.

Continue or relent?  The wearing down.

Or, recognize, allow, and embody?

Refuge in the Buddha & Christ, Dharma & Divinity, Sangha & Church.

Wisdom taught, reality touched, community of nobility recognized.

All because of a thousand bites from a toothless dog.

As able, gratefully acknowledged and embraced.

Published by Daishin

Daishin Eric McCabe is a Buddhist monk. He teaches Soto Zen philosophy, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and calligraphy to people of all walks of life and spiritual paths. He was ordained in 2004 and given permission to teach in 2009. He is fully ordained in the Soto Zen tradition and is a recognized teacher both in the Association of Soto Zen Buddhists and in the Soto Zen Buddhist Association. Daishin undertook a 15 year mentorship with Abbess Dai-En Bennage of Mount Equity Zendo, located in rural central Pennsylvania. During this time he trained at various Soto Zen Monasteries in Japan. In France he trained with Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, practiced in California at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and with Rev. Nonin Chowaney at the Nebraska Zen Center. He is a certified hatha Yoga teacher through Integral Yoga. Daishin has four years experience attending the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, family, and staff in a hospital setting, and three years experience giving spiritual direction and counsel to clients with mental health and substance abuse issues. He has ten years experience as a Guest Teacher and speaker at Buddhist meditation retreats, yoga centers, colleges, and multi-faith gatherings. Daishin studied at Bucknell University where he received a BA in Religion and Biology in 1995. He completed 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Wellspan York Hospital in August of 2014, where he worked as a Chaplain in Behavioral Health, and in 2015 was granted by the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Incorporated the equivalent of a Master of Divinity. Prior to chaplaincy he taught meditation and yoga for two years to clients at White Deer Run, a drug and alcohol rehab in central PA. He presently teaches yoga at Broadlawns Medical Center to patients receiving mental health care. Daishin presently resides in Ames, Iowa with his wife and family.

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