Jo, from LittleFfarm Dairy, wrote this comment after reading the various posts about the injured deer. I thought it a wonderful tale, poignant and thought provoking. I asked if she would mind if I posted it on my front page as I felt it was somewhat hidden as a comment and deserved to be read. She happily agreed. Thanks Jo!
‘I visited a Theravada (Forest Tradition) Buddhist Monastery near Bodh Gaya in India (where the Buddha was said to have attained enlightenment) a few years ago. Whilst there a deer suddenly burst out from a thicket of trees at the edge of the forest, hotly pursued by an excited dog. The monks watched impassively as we stared in horror at the inevitability that the dog would surely bring down the young deer….
…..and then, extraordinarily, just as it seemed the dog would make his move, the deer pirouetted abruptly and started chasing the dog! The pair ran into the central compound of the Monastery around which a modest cluster of Kutis (living quarters) and a Meditation Hall were grouped, the only other sound the regular swish-swish-swish of a broom as a young novice deftly flicked dust from the warm courtyard floor, not even raising his eyes as the clatter of cloven hooves and the patter of paws puffed up fresh clouds of dust, deep in the meditation of his task. The dog flopped to the floor, tongue lolling, and rolled onto his back. The deer danced up for a second, pawed tentatively at the dog, and then flopped down companionably, beside his unlikely friend.
We were dumbfounded; the monks, mildly amused. The monks radiated serenity, especially the Abbot who as we soon learned, was accompanied everywhere by the dog and the deer; themselves inseparable companions. The Abbot explained this was a place where no living being need fear another; all was harmony. Even the mosquitoes seemed subdued! It certainly was an incredible, unforgettable place: an oasis of calm and compassion, deep in the quiet forest.
I often think of that beautiful young deer and his canine companion, seeing them as a beacon of hope, that nothing is impossible; and that true peace can exist.
When all around me seems turbulent and chaotic, I close my eyes and take myself back to that aura of peace; and all is well.’
Jo and her husband Tony left high profile careers in the RAF to pursue a dream. After many ups and downs they now successfully run a herd of dairy British Toggenburg goats and make wonderful ice cream. They have just been awarded a Great Taste Gold Award for their Lovespoon Honeycomb Gelato – as Jo says ‘Not bad for their first year in business!’ To find out more about their struggles and successes follow LittleFfarm Dairy.