Zen Spot #4 -- Mindfulness, meditation and weathering out of existence March 5, 2015 10:49

Forgotten or weathered out of existence?

While walking in a neighborhood close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I found this image above pasted to a brick wall, on a small side street, in an abandoned lot. I've forgotten precisely where the image is and, unless I go back to search for it--which is unlikely--it may as well no longer exist. In fact, since the spot can only be identified by a paper poster, it's likely that the natural elements have destroyed the marker. It has been several years.

When I found the image, I only stayed long enough to take a picture with my flip phone. I knew instantly and instinctively that I wanted to forget its location. I knew I wanted a place to visit in my mind more than I wanted an alternative.

I am intrigued by the image. It is the offspring of a Soviet-era social poster, an Arabic or Eastern language (or visual gibberish) and a still image from The Wizard of Oz

Don't try to find it. Perhaps, instead, try to remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz. The Scarecrow might be a Buddha.


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What are The Four Noble Truths?

  1. The truth of suffering
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering

What is The Noble Eightfold Path?

  1. Right view
  2. Right intention
  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right concentration

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