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The Law of Dogma

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A free-spirited young Buddhist Arhat misbehaves so badly that he qualifies for a little-known amendment to the Law of Karma, the ‘Law of Dogma’, and has to do life as a dog.

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Sukankar, aka ‘Suk’, a young, free-spirited and fun-loving disciple of the Buddha, is a prankster and practical joker who gets himself into some serious hot water with his naughty behavior. Despite the fact that he achieves Samadhi, and becomes an Arhat, he qualifies himself for a little-known amendment to the Law of Karma, ‘The Law of Dogma’, and has to do an incarnation as a Boston terrier. But this is no ordinary canine. He speaks (in English) as he cleverly narrates directly to the audience, and is endowed with ‘prayer fulfillment’, a transcendental power, normally reserved for Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. As a dog, he initially reverts back to his old ways, using his wits and his special ability for his own amusement, and bounces from one family to another, with visits to animal shelters in between. His adventures land him in a string of comical situations where he encounters a bevy of wacky, amusing characters straight out of central casting. Eventually, he is adopted by a humble family from Central L.A. and learns some of the harsh realities of urban family life. He develops a strong sense of compassion and a realization that his true mission as a dog is to help people solve their problems and alleviate their suffering and he becomes a little, fifteen pound super-hero. We wrap up the story, in the near future, with Sukankar, now human again, being recognized by the modern Buddha as a Bodhisattva who has achieved his spiritual attainment through a life-long commitment to compassionate service to humanity.

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