"The problem of freedom versus determinism is dualistic in presupposing a self whose actions are either free or determined, and the nondualistic denial of an ontological self resolves that bifurcation: if I am the universe, then complete determinism becomes equivalent to absolute freedom."
~ David Loy, excerpted from Nonduality
Walked into Naropa University's library, earlier today, in search of David Loy's Nonduality -- recently recommended. Was met immediately by a little terrier-like dog, who bounded out from an office to greet me.
Said hello, quick pat, then continued into the stacks. The little dog followed, this time rolling over, for a belly-rub. Cute. Then appeared his human caretaker, sheepish and apologetic, though I assured her, no problem. (Even though mostly I am a cat-person.)
A couple minutes later, book in hand, arrived at the check-out desk -- and was met once again by the sweet terrier, who slipped around while his human was performing her administrative duties, for another few moments of petting.
Book in backpack, walked through the library's security gate, out the door into the larger building, and was just about to open the main door to the great out-of-doors, when my new friend bounded out of the library, and charged down the hall to once again present himself at my side, as if to say: "I've decided to come home with you." Totally cute.
Arrived home with the book, and no terrier -- though can't seem now to get that little dog's eyes out of my mind: so bright, clear, playful, open, inviting -- and reminiscent of my childhood canine companion, Winnie: an energetic Peek-A-Poo (half Pekingese, half Poodle) with whom I shared many an adventure.
Opened the book, to the table of contents. Noticed a section -- tucked between part 1 and part 2 -- called "Summary of the Core Theory" -- which seemed like a good place to begin, and from which the above quotation is drawn.
But by far the best part, so far, are those eyes .... woof!