One of the hardest things
about being a Buddhist
are the insects.
Setting aside their sentiency,
insects are a true test
of our ability to honor
the first of the four vows,
for while moths
can be captured in cupped hands,
the karmic dilemma
of how to deal with a spider
that refuses to crawl
onto the waiting piece of paper
and requires you to sacrifice
one or more of its legs
thus condemning it to a life
of unbalanced webs
leaves you Sekisoโ€™s man
at the top
of the hundred foot pole.


  1. Thank you for the smile this morning. It was sorely needed.


  2. Insects! I try ushering them out but it’s never easy with insects! Guilty Buddhist vegetarian. Sorry.

  3. I’ve become very good at getting spiders and bugs in Kleenex and releasing them unharmed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I think it is the attempt that matters most! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sometimes I let them stay where they are if they are not in danger of getting squashed or drowned.

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