From Dhamma Wiki
Kapicitta is a term occasionally used by the Buddha to describe the agitated, easily distracted and incessantly moving behaviour of ordinary human consciousness (see for example Ja.III,148; V,445).
Once he observed: “Just as a monkey swinging through the trees grabs one branch and lets it go only to seize another, so too that which is called thought, mind or consciousness arises and disappears continually both day and night” (S.II,93). Anyone who has spent even a little time observing their own mind and then watched a troop of monkeys will have to admit that this comparison is an accurate and not very flattering one.
On another occasion the Buddha said that a person with uncontrolled craving “jumps from here to there like a monkey searching for fruit in the forest” (Dhp.334). In contrast to this the Buddha asked his disciples to train themselves so as to develop “a mind like a forest deer” (miga bhutesu cetasa, M.I,450). Deer are particularly gentle creatures and always remain alert and aware no matter what they are doing.
Monkey Animal Spirit
From Spirit Animals
Monkeys are amazing creatures swinging our way with messages of intelligence, intensity and involvement. Perhaps you have forgotten that playfulness and entertainment are good for the soul. Monkeys have an strong capacity for for compassion, understanding and bonding. These are all part of our human social make up as well and they serve to remind us that our journey on this planet is not a solitary one. When it comes to solving problems the Monkey knows how to use their own ingenuity and resourcefulness to solve problems.
If the monkey is your totem, you’ve got a penchant for practical jokes and good-hearted trickery. Be wise and choose the objects of your tricks carefully. There’s a time and place for good humor and this holds true for the recipient of our jocularity as well. If the Monkey is egging you on to pull a good prank (and if the monkey is your guide, it will absolutely encourage shenanigans), make sure your humor is well-intended, and the brunt of your joke will take your meaning as it’s intended.
If Monkey has come to your dreams: It could mean that you are being deceived by flattery in some way. Perhaps you are fooling yourself into thinking that everything is right with the world when in fact things are completely the opposite. If Monkey bites you know that something you have said or done is coming back to bite you. Be prepared to un-ruffle feathers. Monkey in dreams also remind us that we have a sense of community and that this part of our soul needs to be fulfilled.
Monkey Animal Totem Symbolism & Meanings
By Leah M Bostwick
Like other primates, monkeys are very similar to humans in their social organization and approach to life. They are the animal that most closely matches our intelligence and thus serve as a constant reminder to continue to build and use our own knowledge.
However, unlike other primates, monkey spiritual totems typically symbolize humor, child’s play, and animated and comedic situations. While other primates can be taken as serious guardians and wise elders of the community, monkeys tend to be viewed with an airy playfulness.
This view has existed in many cultures across time, in which the monkey symbol was viewed as a mischievous little creature. In addition to lightheartedness and intelligence, monkey animal totems remind us of the values of honor, community, authority, aggression, and a totally untamed nature. We should seek some of these while being very careful to avoid others.
Monkey Associated Traits: Playfulness, Aggression, Naughty, Laughter, Happiness, Honor
The Monkey spirit guides come swinging into our lives with spiritual messages of wisdom, intensity and contribution. They are very lively creatures and remind us to never forget that entertainment and playfulness make the soul sing.
Understanding, compassion, and bonding with others are key traits of both this social animal and humans. Calling upon these personality traits in ourselves, we are enabled to use our own ingenuity to solve both our problems and the follies of others.
Because of our undeniable similarities to primates, their characteristics and symbolism of the monkey reiterate that our journey through life is not a solitary one. Our social networks and communities are important in our lives, and we must remember to be pay attention to and play our roles with care.
Regardless of our current position within our social structures, the monkey symbolism reminds us to, above all else, behave with compassion. Monkeys display intense bonding sessions with others in their community much in the same figurative way that we do.
To spend time together and show each other that they care, monkeys will groom each other’s fur coats. In addition to socializing and caring, this gesture acts as a sign of protection and familial closeness. For us, it is a reminder to always look out for your loved ones, for they are the most important members out of all of our various networks.
In popular culture, the monkey animal totem is typically viewed as a joker, playing jovial pranks and finding itself in silly situations. They entertain children and adults alike and are never considered to be serious or severe. Monkey people have similar personality traits, such as a good sense of humor and a lighthearted approach to life.
If you have a penchant for trickery, you must be careful and wise about how you choose the recipients of your tricks. While humor and childlike play should never be lost in adulthood, it’s important that we use our maturity and judgement to determine the right time and place. Be tactful, not tacky. Like the monkey, your jokes should be well-intended and not be meant to embarrass or upset the person who will bear the brunt of it.
Although monkey meaning is perceived as humorous, compassionate, and kind, it is crucial to remember that they have a vicious side. When interacting with animals outside of their community, they are often erratic and threatening.
In many situations, monkeys immediately turn defensive (even if it is unwarranted) and begin screeching and bouncing to ware off others. They are outwardly aggressive and highly reactive to other animals. From this, we should take several messages.
The most obvious is to defend our loved ones at all costs. The other is to take care not to behave like a loose cannon. Composure is important for humans, and we should remember this before going off like a screaming monkey. We have other tools that we can employ before having a loud and attention-drawing freak out.
As discussed, the monkey spirit guide is known to be a tricky little creature sometimes, and if one pops up in your dreams you should take its message somewhat seriously. This animal is probably trying to tell you that you are allowing yourself to be deceived, possibly by flattery or some other deceptive trick.
Additionally, you may only be fooling yourself. Do you think that everything in your life is safe and sound, moving along your desired path without any hiccups? If so, a dreamed monkey is telling you that this belief is flawed. It encourages you to take a break from your current antics and gaze at the current state of your life.
Sometimes you may receive an unpleasant bite from a monkey in these dreams. Bites from a monkey can be dangerous and even life threatening in real life. They relay a strong warning in dreams, as well. The bite warns that something you have said or done in the distant or recent past will come back to bite you and that you should begin to prepare yourself.
By Osten Hallberg
The monkey is a symbol meaning fun, activity, charm and an energetic nature. It is one of the signs of the Chinese zodiac which shows a person who has many friends. It is a sign of natural curiosity, but can show self-indulgence and rebellion.
The monkey is loyal, witty, playful and intelligent and the character has made it be adopted into religion, folklore, myth and astrology. As a tattoo symbol, Chinese kanji is depicted to leap over various parts of the anatomy while the Chinese zodiac is super-quick and multi-talented and opportunistic. In Hindu, it is a god called the Hanuman who is believed to be the reincarnation of Shiva their god. The monkey god is heroic and dedicated to justice while in Japan the monkey was the messenger of the gods. It was seen as a symbol of a harmonious marriage, safe childbirth, fertility and a protector against disease and demons.
A famous folklore tells of the monkey who accompanied a monk who carried the holy Buddhist teachings, on his journey from India to China. The monkey was chosen because it was smart and courageous and could protect the monk from demons and evil spirits. In Mexico, the Mayans glorified the monkey as a patron of the arts and was a symbol of knowledge and prophecy and it was also associated with the sun by the ancient Aztecs.