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Zen Spot #80 — Mindfulness, meditation and a billion miles of prayer flags February 02, 2018 00:05

Love

Perhaps the aspect of the Buddhist path I love most is its ability to host paradox and logic equally well.

Paradox

One voice is no different than one million voices. One mind is no different than one million minds. One mile is no different than one million miles.

Logic

If the average length of a set of Tibetan prayer flags is 5 feet, each with five flags, it would take 1056 sets of flags, connected end to end, to cover a one mile distance. One billion miles would require 1,056,000,000,000 sets of flags — 5,280,000,000,000 flags.

Question

Is it possible that, over the course of history, enough prayers have been said to cover one billion miles?

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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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