Thursday, August 10, 2006

Does A Dog Have Buddha Nature?

Animals are "not pretentious, self-delusionary farts". Amit Varma said that.

Being all three myself - pretentious, self-delusionary and a fart - I went looking for some answers. Why do animals seem happier than us?

Take these 2 dogs, for instance.

Barney forgot his Buddha Nature last week. But is he unhappy right now? I don't think so. And the owner of that Elvis Teddy? Don't even ask.

Now look at this dog. (link to a Youtube video, found on

Imagine, if you will, the dog representing a certain tiny nation that recently had two of its soldiers kidnapped and the monkey representing those bunch of thugs who did the said kidnapping. Do you see the dog vowing revenge? Do you see that grinning, Hairy Swinger launching 3, 333 rockets?



Tabula Rasa said...

such an erudite post. frightening.

km said...

TR, now you make me sound even more pretentious and self-delusional than I already am :D

wildflower seed said...

That last link was very nice, KM.

Quoting : "As we gradually become aware of them and label them as just concepts, they lose their grip on us, leaving us in a kind of "doubt" that actually brings us closer to intimacy precisely because we no longer "know" anything with our previous rigid certainty."

IMO, the passage from doubt to intimacy is beset with confusion and bitterness. If all truth is constructed, then W-T-F?!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know what I'm saying?

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km said...

VB, I know exactly what you are saying. I often find myself swinging between temporary truths and confusion (with some occasional bitterness thrown in.) There are times I can't even bring myself to say WTF.

Tabula Rasa said...

hee hee. go for it :-)