Shelby, my half-Siamese/half-tabby, can sit in a chair for up to 8 hours at a time. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it–to sit still for hours on end. My dog Rush (whose pedigree is a mystery since he’s a rescue dog) can sit in the same chair for hours at a time–but not 8 hours. That takes true talent, the type of skill set that Shelby’s nurtured his entire life.
Buddhism espouses the concept of zazen, or sitting meditation. Master Dogen wrote:
For zazen, a quiet room is suitable. Eat and drink moderately. Cast aside all involvements and cease all affairs. Do not think good or bad. Do not administer pros and cons. Cease all the movements of the conscious mind, the gauging of all thoughts and views. Have no designs on becoming a Buddha.
Shelby is gifted at zazen. Rush and I need to learn from the master.