“At Nara, Japan this morning in the rain – saw this kid sharing his umbrella with a deer…melted my heart.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 1, 2012
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Awwww alert.

Teaching our children compassion and solidarity with the animal kingdom is more than cute…It’s profound.

…via Reddit.

Deer are allowed to roam free in Nara and are regarded as protected creatures.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to ““At Nara, Japan this morning in the rain – saw this kid sharing his umbrella with a deer…melted my heart.””

  1. G.C. Aloha says:

    This photo is precious indeed. The people of Nara love their deer. I was recently in Nara for the first time, and the interactions my teenage sons had with the deer were just wonderful. I took to calling my older son "The Deer Whisperer," because he just loved them and was amazingly comfortable with them, even when they were rushing him for food. I want to go back to Nara and spend more time there; a community that reveres animals in this way must be a lovely place to live.

  2. Linda V Lewis says:

    Sweet! i shared the photo with many and also the video–people and deer bowing to each other! Wow!

  3. Sandy says:

    Wow! That’s compassion. Love, too, for animals

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