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Baboons meditating?

Postby Michael_S » Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:19 pm

An observation made by a scientist studying baboons in Africa was featured on NPR. See below.

"The quiet was total. "I really wondered what was going on," says Smuts. The baboons didn't focus on any one thing. They all, or most of them, gazed down into the little pool right below them and hardly moved. There was no fidgeting, no touching or grooming, no discernible activity, just a communal "almost sacramental" contemplation. Smuts calls it a "sacred" quiet."

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... t=1&f=1007
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Re: Baboons meditating?

Postby pink_trike » Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:38 pm

Michael_S wrote:An observation made by a scientist studying baboons in Africa was featured on NPR. See below.

"The quiet was total. "I really wondered what was going on," says Smuts. The baboons didn't focus on any one thing. They all, or most of them, gazed down into the little pool right below them and hardly moved. There was no fidgeting, no touching or grooming, no discernible activity, just a communal "almost sacramental" contemplation. Smuts calls it a "sacred" quiet."

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... t=1&f=1007

I always marvel at the fearful arrogance that humans use in order to protect themselves from the idea that animal cognition, while bound by animal physiology, may be equal to human cognition.
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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