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Things the Dog Can Do

  1. Love people
  2. Eat its food really quickly
  3. Enjoy life
  4. Be angry and defend its territory

The dog has been castrated so its favorite things are:

  1. Being with people and being paid attention to
  2. Eating
  3. Playing

The dog acts to protect and maintain its physical existence, but does not suffer from fear of death.

The dog’s skills — fast eating, giving and receiving love — have an obvious survival benefit.  It has a good packet of skills for its purposes.

Some people have wondered whether a being like this can be spiritually awakened — as expressed in the old question “Does a dog have Buddha nature?”  The correct response — MU — indicates that the question is in some sense idiotic, and also, to me, recalls the barking of a dog.

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