A temple priest

    was getting ready for the sacred ceremony he was about to perform.  The people started gathering early because he'd come such a long way to participate on this day.  As the ceremony was about to begin, a stray dog wandered close to the alter.  Without much ado, the priest took the dog my the collar and tied him to a nearby tree - then he began the ceremony. 

    Years later, no one could remember what the priest said, but they did remember that before the ceremony could start, they had to tie a dog to a tree.  Tying a dog to a tree became the ceremony. 

    Be mindful of meaningless actions that we give great merit to.  Conversely, anything done with devotion is sacred. 

 

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