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Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:47 pm

There's no cat thread here yet?

A dog -- and a cat -- are important in Koan practice in our tradition.

Dogs have been with people, domesticated, at least 40000 years.

Cats, domesticated, only 10000 years.
Cats have been yoga-teachers to me. Dogs, too! And Humans. :Namaste:

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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby fukasetsu on Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:35 pm

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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby A Philosopher on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:30 pm

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Did someone say yoga?

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Great teachers! And they both like doing yoga…

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But they are best in demonstrating what Yin - Yang and Shunyata are!
(BTW, in the picture above, that's a play. The Ladies are just having fun.)
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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby desert_woodworker on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:42 pm

Some, over time have likened Churchill's physiognomy to that of a Bulldog. However, that's not as far as it goes (how about a Seal-Point Siamese?) witness:

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OK, the ears are a detail.

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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby Chrisd on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:55 pm

I think I prefer them chopped in half. I may just be in a violent mood though :PP:
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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby Linda Anderson on Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:12 pm

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My ole Buddha, Frank (dec, 1996)
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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby desert_woodworker on Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:21 pm

Chris,

Do you think Nan Chuan (Nansen) really cut that cat's flesh and bones? ("what say you")?

In any case, THAT cat must be one of the "most-immortal" cats in history. --Joe

ps Well, there's "Hot Cockalorum", who I think came later.
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Postby desert_woodworker on Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:24 pm

A painting, Linda? Did you make the painting? A photo? Is the cat a Turkish Angora? (one lives with me here). --Joe

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Postby Chrisd on Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:41 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:Chris,

Do you think Nan Chuan (Nansen) really cut that cat's flesh and bones? ("what say you")?

In any case, the cat must be one of the "most-immortal" cats in history. --Joe

ps Well, there's "Hot Cockalorum", who I think came later.


Good question. No I suppose it's a metaphor, made to impress a point. I wouldn't kill a cat myself. I only like to speak like I would :lol2:
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Postby desert_woodworker on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:05 pm

Chris,

"I won't say!"

I hope you get to "work" that koan with a teacher (Mumonkan, Case 14). And the other one, with a key line quoted above.

I would not kill a cat. And there's that word "I" again. Three times, now. FOUR, I see. Oops, there it is again! I had better quit while I'm so far behind... . Ga-ack, talk about quicksand... . :blush:

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Good question. No I suppose it's a metaphor, made to impress a point. I wouldn't kill a cat myself. I only like to speak like I would
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Postby Linda Anderson on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:14 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:A painting, Linda? Did you make the painting? A photo? Is the cat a Turkish Angora? (one lives with me here). --Joe

Linda Anderson wrote:My ole Buddha, Frank (dec, 1996)


It's a photo of a photo which I took today. Frank was a stray who showed up on my front porch, early 80's. I didn't want a second, but I fed him and he slept in a box on the porch ... whatdayouknow... he was inside very soon! I don't know if he was angora, his hair was long, didn't mat, was a very mellow boy...
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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby fukasetsu on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:15 pm

This cat (Tommy) is a very good listener in this case to the koan of little red riding hood.

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And eating human food ofcourse (lil one called kitty)

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Not sure about the Dharma of cuddling.... (tommy)

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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby fukasetsu on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:22 pm

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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby fukasetsu on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:27 pm

Chrisd wrote:I only like to speak like I would :lol2:


Just watch your back when I'm around... I tend to get overprotective when it involves felines
I have no sense of humour when it comes to cat killing tales :PP:
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Postby fukasetsu on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:31 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:download/file.php?id=2151&mode=view


Awesome, this would look sweet in our dharma room here (since the cats own the house)
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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby desert_woodworker on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:32 pm

Fuka,

fukasetsu wrote:unfortunately Hindu, Joe might say


Nope. Spelling-error, next-to-last-word in the on-image captioning.

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Postby desert_woodworker on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:34 pm

Fuka,

Check out Sengai's other work, too. Could have been done YESTERDAY. Or tomorrow. Seriously. A fellow to learn from! --Joe

fukasetsu wrote:Awesome, this would look sweet in our dharma room here (since the cats own the house)
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Postby fukasetsu on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:44 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:Nope. Spelling-error, next-to-last-word in the on-image captioning.

yours, proof-reader to the Universe,

--(Joe)


Thanks Joe, "life/live" yes typical error I keep making (I can place a 'r' after live, but that would only make me thirsty, so I'll be a good kitty and stick to water)

Check out Sengai's other work, too. Could have been done YESTERDAY. Or tomorrow. Seriously. A fellow to learn from! --Joe

Thanks (on behalf from the 3 purrcateers too), will defo do, Sir.
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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby desert_woodworker on Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:02 pm

Fuka,

Take CARE of that liver, Jim. Countin' on ya,

Cheers,

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Re: Cat Thread -- Dedicated to One Half of Our Tradition

Postby Chrisd on Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:51 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:Chris,

"I won't say!"

I hope you get to "work" that koan with a teacher (Mumonkan, Case 14). And the other one, with a key line quoted above.


I rejected koan practice on recommendation of my teacher and because it didn't suit me. I'm one big ball of wanting to know about life-death: suffering so what do I need a contrived koan for?

Kill the cat. :ninja: Marcel :PP: :PP: are you getting a free ticket here?
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