THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE—Awaiting his inevitable execution, local turkey Reginald practices mindfulness, accepting that death is what gives life its precious, fleeting beauty.
“While my life is coming to an end, I find joy in the fact that I may bring nourishment and happiness through my physical body,” Reginald reflected. “My body is but an extension of my soul, a temporary fleshy vessel for my eternal spirit. Death should not be feared, but rather embraced as a regular part of Samsara, the endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth.”
Before his death, the turkey engaged in Anapanasati, a Buddhist deep-breathing meditation to achieve Samatha, tranquility of the mind. “I hope to leave this world peacefully without desire or regret, reaching Nirvana and liberating my soul.”