Zen Spot #5 -— Mindfulness, meditation and blessing every book March 19, 2015 07:31

Book stores possess an unusual quiet that I find particularly conducive to meditation. The Book Trader's quiet, in the Olde City section of Philadelphia, is full. Distant sirens filter through the front door like water across rocks in a creek. Pages rustle and sing an unmistakable song of fingers sliding across paper, occasionally stopping to pinpoint an individual word. The aisles are narrow and intimate, requiring patrons to excuse themselves when navigating columns of books stacked knee-high in any given part of the store. 

In the back of the store, in the southeast corner, one can sit in the corner early in the day, before customers begin to arrive. With your back to the corner of the shelves, and your legs folded, the left pointing west and the right pointing north, you can absorb a rare energy, as if the store is an amplifier. For two minutes at a time, while you close your eyes, the experience is sublime.

Stop by and ask the owner for a few minutes in the back. He's a fine, well-read man whose life has been spent as a bridge between those who have read a book and those who want to read. It's impossible that he's read every book that crosses the bridge - or is it?

Don't ask, just enjoy the possibility.

The Book Trader - Philadelphia

Address: 7 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


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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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