Bodhiâ€™s Treasure By Randi & Bill Scheurer
Bodhi’s Treasure © 2011 Randi & Bill Scheurer
Many Centuries ago, high in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibetâ€Ś
Monks lived in a temple, working and praying for peace.
People came to the temple, bringing gifts of food and treasures.
The monks gave these to people in need, and kept some for themselves to use in the temple.
The monks shared their temple home with special “Lion Dogs”…
Who guarded the treasures.
Sometimes the monks made paintings out of colored sandsâ€Ś
And swept them away when they were done.
Over time, “Lions Dogs” left the temple as gifts to visitors. That’s the official story grownups tell.
Others say they dug their wayâ€Ś
Through the center of the earthâ€Ś
To live with familiesâ€Ś
In the four cornersâ€Ś
Of the world.
I am the great, great, many times greatâ€Ś
Descendant of these “Lion Dog” puppies.
My bark sounds like the big gong in the temple, and the old monks chanting deep in their throat.
My family calls me “Bodhi” the enlightened one.
I donâ€™t know why?
I take good care of my family’s treasures…
And bury them in safe places.
My family is often very careless with their
I always try to find themâ€Ś
And put them in my safe places.
When they really desire to have them againâ€Ś
I always give them backâ€Ś
Never quite the same.
And then they give me a hugâ€Ś
And a treat.
I’m not sure why…
All they can give meâ€Ś
Is a wet bathâ€Ś
To wash away
I guess they ran out of treats?
The loss of some treasuresâ€Ś
Seems to upset them more than othersâ€Ś
And I feel their pain.
These I putâ€Ś
In my special placeâ€Ś
And wait out the stormâ€Ś
Until they come and ask me for help.
And when they find these treasuresâ€Ś
I know they will give me my greatest reward.