With all of these Buddhist animal avatars (Kyle’s Squirrel Zen and Montana’s own Bitterroot Badger) plus with the passing of Groundhog Day, I thought that this passage from A Spacious Path to Freedom would be appropriate.
For individuals of superior faculties, the introduction [to the nature of the mind] may be enough. For middling individuals, quiencence will arise, and even inferior people will get a glimpse of stillness. Then these are th characteristics of having cultivated quienscence with and without signs: All ideation is calmed in its own place, and the attention remains wherever it is focused. That is quiescence. Moreover, if you remain in a state of vividness, that isf flawless quiescence. If you become blacked-out, as in deep sleep devoid of mindfulness, this is a parody of cessation, and a kind of meditation in which marmots are experts….~ from A Spacious Path to Freedom
Oh yes, indeed. This is the official birth of the Dharmot ~ The Dharma Marmot! I am so happy. My wife calls them “meatloafs”… but I am the master of crappy meditative practice. I love it!
Every Groundhog Day, they drag a poor old Punxsutawney Phil out of his constructed den and see if he sees his own shadow. Will there be 6 more weeks of winter or is spring right around the corner? That predicitive logic might be acceptable for an eastern Groundhog (I personally prefer Woodchuck), but we have our own Groundhog in the Rockies who won’t even if see sunlight for another 3 or 4 months. ~ from here
Good old Dharmota monax will take care of them violent, home-wrecking sons-a-bitches! Our only weapons are limitless compassion, a slight weight problem and a tendency to waddle when we run (although we prefer to be called strutters)!