Elsie Mitchell

Elsie Mitchell is the author of Sun Buddhas, Moon Buddhas: A Zen Quest and The Lion-Dog of Buddhist Asia. She is co-founder of the Cambridge Buddhist Association of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Magazine Arts & Culture

Dogs of Buddha

I On a shelf above a wide bedsit two Chinese-green jade Fu dogs;Shishi, lion dogs, Japanese people call them.As centuries drifted by, pairs replaceda solitary guardian, protectorof Buddhist altars, temples,graveyards, Imperial thrones, prosperous homes. This is a special pair:His mouth is open andhe cries, “A. . . U. . .,”Her mouth is closedover, “. . […]

By Elsie Mitchell
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